The residents say that the runoff from the hilly area has created a physical crack that passes through homes and gardens, a signal of the risk the residents face. They add that a number of houses have already been damaged by the moving mass.
A section of residents in Magale
town council, Namisindwa district have deserted their homes in fear of possible
landslides. The area was hit by landslides a week ago following heavy rains
that struck the district, sweeping through crop gardens and homes.
The incident sent an alarm to
residents who suspect that the area is destined for danger as rains continue. The
residents say that the runoff from the hilly area has created a physical crack
that passes through homes and gardens, a signal of the risk the residents face.
They add that a number of houses have already been damaged by the moving mass.
Patrick Mwatele, the Councilor
for Nambewo ward says they are trying to tell the residents to vacate the place
to avoid danger.
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As a result, families are
abandoning their houses and seeking refuge from relatives and friends in areas
that are situated at a distance from the village. Philip Walwali, a resident of
Nambewo parish says that he sought shelter from his neighbours as a result of water
that is oozing from the surface of his house.
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Cue out…difficult for me”//
Luganda//Cue in; “Chabade
Cue out…kati si jakusobola.”//
David Alon Nahalome, one of the
affected residents, a teacher at Bumbo Secondary School says that he has since
vacated the place and rented in the trading centre because the whole area is in
danger. Nahalome, whose house is located
just 10 meters from the scar of the moving soils says that people in the area
are worried because they have never faced such a threat.
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Cue out…stay away from the place.”//
Paul Magombe, the LCII
chairperson of Magale ward is concerned that the area could be destined for
hunger because their crops gardens were destroyed.
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Cue out…sha kwiyangisile”//
Namisindwa District Resident
Commissioner Kigai Wamoto says that all the affected homes need to be evacuated
from the place for fear of a big danger that awaits the area since rains are
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Cue out…relocate immediately.”//
Luganda//Cue in; “Njagala
Cue out…ne nkuba yiyo
Namisindwa District Chairperson George
William Wopuwa says that the entire district is at risk because of the cracks,
yet the area leadership does not have the capacity to manage the disaster. He said that
the matter has been brought to the attention of the Office of the Prime
Kirinya Ayubu is the URN Bureau Chief of Elgon/Bukedi Sub Regions . He holds a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communication from Islamic University in Uganda and a Diploma in Computer Science and Information Technology from the same University.