Landslides kill 7 in Bududa, eastern Uganda

Landslides kill 7 in Bududa, eastern Uganda
The Uganda Red Cross has reported that at least 7 people have been buried alive in fresh Bududa landslides

Massive landslides have buried 7 people in Bukalasi Sub County in Bududa district, according to Uganda Red cross Society (URCS).

In a brief statement issued Thursday 11th afternoon, Irene Nakasiita, the Public Relations Officer Uganda Red cross Society (URCS), says the number is likely to increase.

“The situation is tense as community members are on high tension, scared and fleeing their homes for safety,” reads the statement in part.

Adding that, “In the meantime, the whole District, Bududa is still experiencing heavy downpour and we are expecting more of the same in other landslide prone areas – Eastern Uganda.”

According to information from some sources, the landslides have covered several homes.

In March 2010, landslides buried an estimated 350 residents Nametsi parish, about 28 people in Bulambuli were killed in 2011. In March 2012, landslides again killed six people in Sironko district while in the same year, in the month of June 2012, landslides in Bududa district buried 18 more people.

Last year, 10 people were again buried in Sironko landslide. This year in May, one person was buried dead when landslides occurred in Busae, Bukirimwa and Bukibino parishes of Bududa sub-county.

Efforts to relocate the residents from the landslide prone areas were thwarted by corruption by the Office of the Prime Minister officials and resistance by the residents, who prefer to carry out agricultural activities on the fertile slopes of Mt Elgon.