Gerald Fungo, the chairman of Bumasa Village says that a number of people are still buried in the soggy ground, and can hardly be accessed due to the shortage of personnel and equipment. The tragedy follows a heavy downpour that lasted up to five hours, on Tuesday.
More than 30 people are feared dead in the fresh mudslides
that hit Bududa district in Eastern Uganda this afternoon. The mudslides
affected the two villages of Namasa and Naposhi, all in Bushika Sub-county,
Gerald Fungo, the chairman of Bumasa Village says that a
number of people are still buried in the soggy ground, and can hardly be
accessed due to the shortage of personnel and equipment. The tragedy
follows five hours of consistent and heavy rainfall, on Tuesday.
Floods reportedly swept into 20 houses have and crop gardens.
Most roads in district have also been water-logged, making movement rather
difficult. Moses Lukuya, the chairman Namali village said they can
hardly cross to their homes.
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Godfrey Watenga Nabutanyi, the Lutseshe county MP told URN on phone
that the rains washed away very bridges paralyzing movement in the district.
According to Watenga, the most affected are the
bridges connecting Bubiita and Buwali sub counties, Buwali and kwushu town
council, Bulucheke Sub County and Bushiyi Sub County across Manafa River.
He explained that in Bushika landslides buried
five houses. About six people are believed to be trapped in the ground. So far
only one body has been recovered.
According to Watenga, although the Bududa District
Police Commander-DPC dispatched a team to help with the rescue efforts, the
officers have failed to cross to the landslide affected areas because the roads
are cut off.
Currently, only residents are involved in the
rescue efforts. Bushika Sub County Councilor, Simuya Mabuko has
appealed to government to expedite the relocation of people from the mudslide
prone areas in Bududa district.
Last year, more than 850 people were displaced and another 51
died, when mudslides hit Bukalasi and Buwali sub-counties in Bududa district.
The areas were also hit by another landslide in June, which left at least three