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Bulambuli Landslides: One Body Recovered after Four Days

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John Maleza Magomu, the Bulaago Sub county LC III Vice Chairperson, says Maleba’s body was recovered by resident who have been digging the debris in search of their relatives.
Residents of Bulaago dig into the debris to recover the bodies of their beloved ones
The body of one of the Bulambuli landslide victims has been retrieved, four days after he was buried alive by debris. The deceased has been identified Collin Maleba, a resident of Nasubu village in Busiya Parish in Bulaago Sub county in Bulambuli district.

He was trapped by the landslides while trying to rescue his animals from the heavy rains. His is the first body to be recovered from those of more than twenty people feared dead. 

John Maleza Magomu, the Bulaago Sub county LC III Vice Chairperson, says Maleba’s body was recovered by resident who have been digging the debris in search of their relatives.   He says 19 people are still missing and the search is still ongoing.  “The search is still on for the other missing people but we are challenged by the technology we are using. We are using hoes to dig into the soils, which has slowed the process,” Maleza told URN.   

He says those displaced by the landslides are suffering since they lack shelter and food, saying they haven’t received any relief aid. Charles Gidoi, the Bulaago Sub county Chief, says they received some food relief from the Office of the Prime Minister but it hasn’t reached the sub county because of the poor roads.   

“OPM responded the next day after the disaster but we have failed to take the food we received because of the poor roads that is why it is still kept at the district stores” he said.   

Torrential rains forced River Kajere to burst its banks leading to flooding of Bulago trading center and the neighboring Buginyanya, Nabuwutulu and Masira sub counties.  The floods triggered landslides, which destroyed gardens, fish ponds and killed livestock. 

Several Bridges and roads were cut off paralyzing transport to the area.      

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