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Bugisu landslide survivors struggle to cope with life

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  • Resettlement. Last month, government announced plans to resettle about 140 families in the second phase, which is yet to start.

  • In the first phase, 101 houses were constructed and about 720 people were relocated at resettlement site in Bulambuli District. The beneficiary districts include Bududa, Namisindwa, Manafwa, Sironko, and Bulambuli.

By PHOEBE MASONGOLE & FRED WAMBEDE

Ms Annet Wandeka, 31, sits a few metres away from the heap of mud, where the body of her father and brother were found buried.

Her relatives are among the nine bodies that have so far been retrieved from the mud in Bushika Sub-county in Bududa District after a landslide hit the area last week.

The landslides also left more than 300 families displaced and they are currently seeking shelter at relatives’ homes, churches and in schools.

Narrating her ordeal to the Daily Monitor at the weekend, Ms Wandeka, a resident of Naposhi Village in Bushika Sub-county, Bududa, said: “I saw their bodies but other parts were missing. That has been troubling me everyday. I have never had sleep.”

She now lives with her relatives in the neighbouring village.

Landslides hit villages of Naposhi, Shikhururwe and Namasa in Bushika Sub-county and Naroko village in Bunabutiti Sub-county.