The slides that started after heavy rains in the area created huge cracks that developed from higher grounds where small streams originate from before running through Bukiyindi village and draining into Lake Victoria.
Residents affected by fresh landslides
in Bukiyindi village in Buvuma district are struggling to find new land for
settlement. About 28 residents now have lost houses and gardens from the
evolving land movements that started in May this year.
The slides that started after
heavy rains in the area created huge cracks that developed from higher grounds
where small streams originate from before running through Bukiyindi village and
draining into Lake Victoria.
The ground movement has now
increased from about three to five acres of Land, triggering panic among
residents who have lost houses and crops. Cassava, sweet potatoes, and maize
gardens have all been buried, while pine plantations have also been shaken.
The movement has also created a
crater that is now getting filled by water from streams weakening the land even
more. Elizabeth Namboga, one of the affected residents says they are now living
//Cue in; “Olusozi lwayiika wano…
Cue out…wagulu kumiti eyo.”//
Erisa obbo, another resident says
some of the affected residents now spend days under trees and nights in the neighbourhood,
wherever they can find shelter. He is worried that once the rains resume the
crater of water formed may burst into another residence cell between Bukiyindi
hilly grounds and the lake.
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Cue out…nothing at least.”//
Robert Sokolo, another resident says
that the authorities and technical teams have neglected the area yet the
problem is just widening. He notes that affected residents are left without any
option of resettlement since the nearby land was purchased by a fuel company.
//Cue in; “Flooding water…
Cue out…and Bidco land.”//
The Acting Resident District
Commissioner Juma Kigongo says that his office, together with the Chief
Administrative Officer, has written to the Ministry of Disaster Preparedness to
intervene and save the lives that are under threat.