Five dead, 50 missing as landslides strike Bududa again

Five dead, 50 missing as landslides strike Bududa again
Bududa district lingers in devastation as landslides struck hit several villages in Buwali and Bukalasi sub-countries, killing five people with scores missing after a heavy downpour

At least five people have been confirmed dead following fresh landslides in Bududa district. More than 50 others are reported missing since the landslides that came with a heavy downpour on Tuesday evening.

The five people confirmed dead are; Mary Cerina Kibone (73 years old), Patrick Wakuwema (4 Years), Seera Miriam Alice (7 years old), Mary Kimono (13 years old), and 1 male (child) whose names are not yet identified.

About 150 houses were reportedly razed by the landslides.

According to Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS), there are three worst hit areas in Buwaali Sub-County in the areas of; Bunamwamba North, Bunamwamba Mai and Bunamwamba South.

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The office of the Prime Minister says that Search and Rescue teams have been sent on the ground to work with local authorities and other agencies to establish the facts to inform the next course of immediate action.

In the meantime, people living on risky and dangerous slopes of Mt Elgon continue to be advised to move away and seek shelter with friends and relatives in lower and safer grounds as the rains come.

The latest landslide comes a few months after the government started resettling the first batch of the survivors of the October 11, 2018 landslides in the same area and other places in Bugisu sub-region to Bulambuli Resettlement on May 19.

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In the first phase, 101 houses have been built in Bulambuli out of a planned 900 houses. In total, over 100,000 people living precariously on the slopes of Mount Elgon are estimated to be at great danger and requiring relocation.
The second phase of construction of 140 houses is underway.

– by URN & Michael Wandati (Additional Information)