18 people were confirmed dead and nine injured by landslides that burried two villages of Namaaga and Bunakasala in Bumwalukani Sub County, Bududa District, on 25 Jun 2012 (Uganda Red Cross, 26 Jun 2012).
Summary: CHF 111,629 was allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS) deliver immediate assistance to some 3,480 beneficiaries.
Sunday 24th June 2012, a landslide caused by heavy rains buried the villages of Namanga and Bunakasala in Bududa district. The landslide covered approximately 5 acres of land and left a devastating effect on the people and the environment in the area. 18 people were killed, 15 houses were completely buried in the mudslide, and crops and property were destroyed.
Grace Mutuwa used to live in her house in Bududa, a district in eastern Uganda. But, like many others, she was made homeless last July when heavy rains caused landslides on the slopes of Mount Elgon burying her home. ShelterBox responded and delivered tents to families in need, heavily pregnant Grace being one of them.
A ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) travelled to assess the need following further flooding in northeastern Uganda in the Kibaale District and the Teso and Lango sub-regions earlier this month. With no need found, the SRT returned to Bududa where they met Grace.
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By Paul Watala
A total of 58 homesteads have been affected following landslides that hit Mbale district Thursday afternoon.
The most affected villages include Bunakamuli A, Bunakamuli B, Busoba, and Bunamondi all in Wanale Sub County which is about 28 kilometers from Mbale town in the eastern part of Uganda.
No causalities so far reported and local leaders are appealing for aid to evacuate the affected people.
This comes barely two weeks after the Bulucheke mudslides buried houses and killed people in Bududa district.
Written by Catherine Ntabadde
Following heavy rains, a mudslide yesterday occurred in Bikhamali Village, Wanale Sub County in Mbale district. A rock rolled hitting a house in the area. According to Uganda Red Cross assessments, no one was injured as the 12 occupants in the house escaped unhurt.
URCS Mbale Region Program Manager Stephen Wamukota says the 12 residents have been advised to temporarily stay with friends and relatives in safer areas as the Red Cross expedites means of supporting them with essential household items.
Fighting between government troops and M23 rebel forces in North Kivu in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has forced thousands of families to flee their homes into Uganda.
Many crossed the border through Kisoro and travelled 20 kilometres to Nyakabande transit centre, bringing the number of refugees there to over 16,000. From there, many are being relocated 370 kilometres away to Rwamwanja Refugee Settlement in Kamwenge district, which currently has 13,600 refugees.
As the Red Cross continues to help people after a landslide in Uganda, which caused at least 18 deaths on 24 June, heavy rains in the region mean thousands more remain at risk.
The landslide ripped through four villages in Bududa district, burying houses in mud. With visible cracks in the soil and continuing rains, assessments by local Red Cross staff indicate 3,368 people are in imminent danger and need to be relocated immediately.
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Written by Catherine Ntabadde
The Uganda Red Cross Society yesterday (July 10) flagged off donations received for the people of Bududa. Uganda's State Minister of Disaster Preparedness and Refugees Musa Ecweru flagged of the donations at Nakumatt Oasis Mall.
Representatives from MTN Uganda, East African Breweries, Nakasero Hospital, Sino Africa Medicines and Nakumatt Uganda who have made donations attended the function.
'When the landslide happened most of the children were at school and many people were at the market. It was unclear how many people had been hit.'
Heavy rains on 24 June 2012 in Bududa District caused a serious landslide that buried the villages of Namanga and Bunakasala, affecting approximately 5 acres of land in the mountainous area of Elgon. A similar event occurred in 2010. The affected area has steep slopes and is remote and difficult to access by road. So far, 18 people have been reported by relatives and friends as missing and are believed to be dead, buried under the rubble. In total, 15 houses have been completely buried in mudslides.
By Wilfred Sanya
The Government has directed all the people living on the steep areas of Bududa district to relocate to safer areas, State minister of Disaster preparedness Musa Echweru.
“We have directed the people in Bududa district to relocate following the disaster management report released to government by experts. The report says a crack has developed on hills where people died and we expect massive landslides and it is our duty to protect the people in advance this time”, said Echweru.
By Joseph Wanzusi
Rescue workers have recovered two more bodies buried in the mud after a landslide roared down rain-saturated hills and engulfed homes in Bududa two weeks ago, local authorities said.
This brings to four the number of bodies pulled out of the lanslide rubble however many people remain missing.
Written by Catherine Ntabadde
Thursday, 05 July 2012 03:10
Sino Africa Medicines and Health and Roke Telkom have donated relief items towards the Uganda Red Cross Society landslides appeal.
Sino Africa donated 100 dozens of anti malarial drugs, 5 body bags, 100 surgical gloves, 1000 kilograms of maize flour, 500 kilograms f beans and 100 mosquito nets.
Roke Telkom donated seven boxes of washing soap, five cartoons of salt and a set of used clothes.
By Wambi Michael
BUDUDA, Uganda, Jul 4 2012 (IPS) - The Ugandan government says it will forcibly remove people settling on the steep slopes of Mount Elgon in eastern Uganda’s Bududa District, as the growing population has resulted in increased landslides in recent years.
In the latest one on Jun. 25, an estimated 100 people are feared dead and up to 250 have been unaccounted for when three villages were washed away after heavy rainfall in the area.
Over the last three years, landslides have buried alive several hundred people living on the slopes of Mount Elgon.
Written by Catherine Ntabadde
Wednesday, 04 July 2012 03:12
MTN Uganda, East African Breweries Limited (EABL), Nation Media Group and Nakasero Hospital have donated cash and non food items to the people of Bududa.
MTN donated sh50m, EABL sh50m while NMG comprising of NTV Uganda, KFM and Monitor Publications donated food and relief items. Nakasero Hospital also donated relief items.
By Daniel Edyegu
An outbreak of cholera has hit Bunakasala parish in Bulucheke sub-county in Bududa district, spelling double tragedy to the area that was struck by landslides last week.
Betty Mukyala, the Bududa acting district health officer disclosed in an interview on Sunday that three cholera patients from Bunakasala parish were admitted to Bushika Health Centre for treatment.
Mukyala attributed the outbreak to the inadequacy of safe water points in the parish located along the steep slopes of Mt. Elgon.
Up to 400,000 people may require emergency shelter in Uganda's mountainous east due to continuing heavy rains and mudslides that could force them to flee their homes. A ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) is en route to assess the situation.
Reports say the worst affected area is Bumwalukani Sub County in the Bududa district, where two villages, Namaaga and Bunakasala, have been buried by a mudslide that hit on 25 June. More than 100 people are missing and a further 30 have lost their lives.
Rescue workers removed two more bodies buried in the mud after a landslide roared down rain-saturated hills and engulfed homes in Bududa on Tuesday, local authorities said.
The body of a baby was rescued at 2 p.m. Saturday while 70 people remain missing, according to a spokesman for the Uganda Red Cross.
The landslide occurred last Tuesday in Bududa, which was drenched by a rainstorm. The landslide is estimated to have killed 20 people.
KAMPALA [ACTED News] – After landslides struck Eastern Uganda on Monday, the Ugandan government, National Red Cross, NGOs and communities have mobilized efforts to provide aid to survivors in Mount Elgon. The landslide, which left 18 dead and more than 100 missing, is the third in three years to affect the mountainous area of Bududa. While 112 families have already been given food and relief items the government continues to call for relocation of survivors to safer areas.