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John Magomu Maleza, the LC III chairperson Bulaago Sub County, says several people in his area are homeless. He says some of the homes were washed away by the landslides while others had their roofs blown off by heavy winds.
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At least 20 people are reported dead and dozens of others homeless in Bulambuli district following landslides triggered by heavy rains.   

The landslides are said to have buried homes in in Busia, Bugatisa, Bunansufa Parishes in Bulaago Sub County and Gombe Parish in Lusha sub county.  

     

The landslides swept through Bulaago, Buluganya, Lusha, Sisyi, Nabiwutulu and Bumasobo sub counties. The rains also triggered floods, which destroyed gardens, fish ponds and killed livestock. Several Bridges and roads have been cut off.  

Residents say heavy rains pounded the area from 11:00am on Tuesday till late in the evening before the landslides began at about 8:00PM from Mount Elgon National Park. 

    

John Magomu Maleza, the LC III chairperson Bulaago Sub County, says several people in his area are homeless. He says some of the homes were washed away by the landslides while others had their roofs blown off by heavy winds.   

//Cue in: crops were destroyed…   

 

Cue out:…in the mad”//   

 

Eseri Nakayenze, a victim says that the landslides swept a big rock, which covered her house and has nowhere to sleep.  She wants government to find safer places for people in the affected area, saying many people will die once it rains again.     

Lumasaba        

//Cue in: efula yatandikile   

 

Cue out:…yesi kuza kuba”//  

 

Fiesto Woniala, the LC III chairperson Buluganyi sub county, says the landslides have cut off all roads in his area paralyzing transport.    

Lumasaba

//Cue in: nga ese chairman           

Cue out:…bitu bya ninile”// 

Simon Peter Wananzogu, the LC V Chairperson Bulambuli district, says several people are missing following the landslides. 

He also the landslides have affected several government supported programs in the district like fish farming and apiary, which has left several people without food.  

//Cue in: Most government programs    

Cue out:… and trees”//   

   

The Mount Elgon region that straddles Kenya and Uganda often receives high rainfall, which devastates villages and kills people on mountain slopes.     

The government recently started relocating landslide victims in the landslide prone areas in the districts of Bududa, Manafwa Sironko to Bulambuli where it constructed houses. 

More than 90 families that survived the October 2018 landslides have so far been relocated.  

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