Rescue teams are still struggling to retrieve remains of persons
who were covered underground following landslides that hit Kasese District.
landslides occurred in Kitholu Sub County following heavy rains that burst the
banks of River Tunga. Eight people were
killed and more than 84 households displaced.
On Friday rescue teams comprising of residents, Red Cross and Uganda
People’s Defence Force- soldiers managed to recover only two bodies.
Alfred Bwambale working with Red Cross told URN reporter that the
process of retrieving the bodies has been hampered by lack of advanced
equipment to excavate the debris. He says that the teams are using hoes and
//Cue in: “Two have
Cue out: Two who are dead.”//
Thomas Bwambale, the LCI Chairperson Kiraro village says that the
victims of the landslide have not received any relief, and are currently living
in bad conditions, with nowhere to sleep, nothing to eat and no clothes to
//Cue in: ‘’Watu saba wa saba…
Cue out:…Tunafuta saya yii.”//
Nason Masereka, a resident of Kithou Village who lost his brother Jahab Mbusa wants
the government to urgently come into their rescue especially for families that
remain trapped in the area.
//Cue in: “Ndi mukulu wa…
Cue out:…omwa ngwangwa ga.”//
Mtungu Masereka says that they are still searching for the body of his son, who
was killed by the mudslides as he tried to rescue the family goats.
Joshua Masereka, the Kasese Deputy RDC says they trying to
mobilise relief that can be sent to the area. However, he is concerned that the
main bridge which connects the area to the main road was destroyed and could
hinder the distribution of relief.
//Cue in: “The confirmed cases...
Cue out:… we prepare ourselves.”/
On Friday, engineers from the Uganda National Roads Authority were
seen assessing the damage of Isango bridge, which connects to Kitholu sub-county
to Karambi sub-county.