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The landslide affected 139 households with a population of 695 people. Of these, 278 are children under 5 years. The most hit villages are; Lwanda, Malandu, Namalira, Nyekhe, and Shitikho.
12 Oct 2018 21:16
Galleys left by running water in Bududa district
The search for missing persons after a landslide that hit Bududa district on Thursday has been complicated by the soggy ground and impassable roads in the area. This is according to a statement issued by the Uganda Red Cross Society this evening.

The tragedy occurred when River Suume burst its banks following a heavy downpour and a landslide up the mountain that rolled big boulders through villages in Bukalasi Sub County claimed close to 50 lives.

The landslide affected 139 households with a population of 695 people. Of these, 278 are children under 5 years. The most hit villages are; Lwanda, Malandu, Namalira, Nyekhe, and Shitikho.

The other affected villages include Suume, Nnayinza, Shishambwa, Nanyenga and Bunamwamba among others. Three (3) trading centres of Naposhi, Nalutumu and Wanjenuwa were also severely affected, halting business and affecting access to social services. But a statement issued this evening indicates that a number of the affected places remain inaccessible.

As of now, only 15 people have been rescued alive. Of these, 13 are admitted at Bukalasi HCIII. They include six females, four males, plus three children. The remaining two are hospitalized at Bududa Hospital.

The same statement confirmed that no deaths were registered at Suume Junior Academy, one of the schools in the area which lost two blocks in the disaster and Suume Community Church, which was washed away entirely.

Irene Nakasiita, the Communications and Public Relations Officer at the Uganda Red Cross says that the humanitarian organisation has completed a rapid assessment of the tragedy and shared findings with the Bududa district disaster management teams as well as other stakeholders. The assessment was aimed at establishing the magnitude of the disaster and to ascertain support needed for the response.

She adds that the mudslides have had a devastating effect on the lives of people, livestock, plantations and human settlement. Many people have been displaced while others have had to move to neighboring villages for shelter with relatives and close friends.

Uganda Red Cross has positioned relief items among them blankets, jerrycans, soap, aqua tabs, tarpaulins, and kitchen sets among others to support the affected families. These will be distributed on Sunday 14 October 2018 in Bududa district.

“We are deeply saddened by the incident in Bududa. We identify with the families that lost their loved ones. Uganda Red Cross will do whatever we can to mobilise resources and support the affected families,” Robert Kwesiga, the Secretary General of Uganda Red Cross Society said this afternoon.

At least 100 people died in 2010 when the area was devastated by what has been the worst disaster in the area. Three villages in the same area were destroyed in 2012 when there was a re occurrence of the landslide. However, government efforts to relocate people to other districts have been encountered with resistance over the years.

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