President Museveni on Wednesday visited the area and told the victims that he had come to pay condolences for the people who died and support the displaced and those who lost property. Museveni said the mudslide victims should accept to relocate to a safer area government is going to resettle them.
Members of Parliament are pushing for a law establishing a Special Contingencies Fund to cater for emergencies and disasters. This comes a week after landslides buried at least two villages in Bududa district on June 25, and as Nodding disease continues to ravage homes in Northern Uganda.
Government still has much to do to respond to landslide disasters now common in Mount Elgon areas. Major General Julius Oketta, the relief and disaster coordinator in the office of the Prime Minister, acknowledges that little or no measures have been designed to protect lives and property when landslides occur.
The directive by President Yoweri Museveni to have survivors of Mondayâ€™s landslides in Bududa district relocated to other places within the country has drawn mixed reactions among the locals in the area.
A team of rescue workers are still digging through the rubble in search of victims of devastating landslides that hit two villages in Bududa district on Monday. Kevin Nabutwa, the Assistant Director Uganda Red Cross Society, says efforts are being hampered by lack of excavation equipment which has forced rescue workers to dig through the rubble with rudimentary tools including hoes and spades.
Eight people have been injured by a mudslide that hit Bududa district on Thursday morning. The eight were injured when a landslide struck their home in Simuyu village in Bulucheke Sub-county, along the slopes of Mt. Elgon.