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Rescue Teams Struggling to Retrieve Bodies in Kasese Landslides

The mudslides occurred in Kitholu Sub County on Thursday following heavy rains that led to the bursting of River Tunga on the mountainous parts of Rwenzori on Thursday.
Locals trying thier hope to find anybody alive

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Rescue teams are still struggling to retrieve remains of persons who were covered underground following landslides that hit Kasese District. 

The 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 spades.

 //Cue in: “Two have been… 

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 wear.  

//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.

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