The Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga has tasked government to come up with a concrete solution to the recurrent Bududa mudslides that have caused loss of lives.
Speaking to Journalists on Friday, Kadaga cited the need for a permanent solution to the situation saying that the mudslides in the area are now predictable.
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The Speaker's call follows mudslides that devastated villages in Bukalasi Sub-county, Bududa district on Thursday. The mudslides followed a three-day downpour that saw River Manafwa burst its banks rolling big boulders through villages in Bukalasi Sub County killing several people. Bududa district lies on the foothills of Mount Elgon.
According to reports, more than 50 bodies have been recovered so far been from the villages that were affected with more than 400 people from the villages of Suume, Nyekhe, Malila, Lwanda, Nanyinza believed to be missing. Both animals and people were swept away in the disaster that befell the country, just a day to the International Disaster Risk Reduction Day.
In 2010, at least 100 people died when the same area was devastated by what has been the worst disaster in the area. Three villages in the same area were again destroyed in 2012 when there was a reoccurrence of the landslide.
However, government efforts to relocate people to other districts have been encountered with resistance over the years.
Mbale Municipality MP Connie Nakayenze Galiwango extended her condolences to the affected families saying that it is unfortunate given the fact that during rainy seasons Bududa is susceptible to such occurrences.
“I pray that something is done to make sure that those in such a situation be evacuated to safety and I pray that Government rushes faster to make sure that they are evacuated because already lives have been lost and it is expected that more lives would be lost if not handled with urgency,” said Nakayenze in part.
She called for evacuation of residents to safety from what she described as a danger zone.
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With the death toll set to rise, Nakayenze said that although a long-term solution can be sought, there is need for a solution for those who are already in danger and homeless to be provided with temporary shelter and basic needs.
Upper Madi County MP Isaac Etuka also noted that it was very unfortunate that the mudslides have killed people over the years.
He wondered how Bududa should continuously grapple with landslides yet the country has a fully-fledged Ministry of Disaster Preparedness.