Uganda

Uganda: Landslides kill 80, bury 350 people in Bududa, Red Cross on rescue mission

Bududa: The rescue team comprising of Uganda Red Cross Society, the Police and Bududa district authorities and engineers from the UPDF are still searching for the bodies of 350 people that are feared dead in three villages of Bududa district, Eastern Uganda following intense landslides resulting from the ongoing heavy downpour. The 350 people were buried by debris of the landslides.

80 bodies, many of them women were recovered yesterday by the rescue team. By the evening of yesterday, there were 43 survivors, two of them elderly women.

According to the URCS Mbale Region Team Leader Kevin Nabutuwa, over 100 pupils who could not walk home in time as a result of River Wukha flooding, took shelter in a shop in Nametsi. They were also buried. "The situation is terrible. The rains have resumed and this is affecting our rescue operations," she said.

Nabutuwa said URCS is deploying 50 volunteers from the URCS branches of Mbale, Soroti and Bubulo to support the Police, UPDF engineers retrieve bodies and rescue any live persons.

The President, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni is scheduled to visit the affected areas today.

The villages that have been wiped out by landslides are Nametsi, Namakansa and Kubehwo in Namesti parish. The trading centre in Nametsi and health centre have been wiped away. 2 health assistants at the health centre have been buried.

Those rescued have been taken to Bududa Hospital.

In Bubita Sub County, 6 people have died in Bamuyaka village.

URCS Secretary General Mr. Michael Nataka said the LC 5 chairman Bududa is in liaison with URCS to ensure that the bodies are retrieved. Nataka said distribution of non food items like tarpaulins, blankets, jerrycan, soap, saucepans, cups and plates is to commence immediately.

To avert a possible outbreak of water related diseases, URCS is in the process of providing water purification tablets to the surviving families.

Landslides have also been reported in Sironko in Buluganya village where a cow was washed away. No human beings have been affected.

In Bukwa district, the road has been blocked by mud slide while wide spread flooding has been reported in Butaleja, Budaka, Pallisa, Tororo, Mbale and Manafwa districts.

In Butaleja, 4 sub counties housing 6, 023 households have been affected. They are-Kachonga, Masimasa, Kimuntu, Nawangofu. Two Primary Schools ( Nabehere & Lubembe in Mazimasa S/C have over flooded affecting school programmes while the Mbale-Busolwa road has over flooded and is now blocked.

Potential floods are expected in Moroto, Katakwi and Nakapiripirit districts.

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For details, please contact

Catherine Ntabadde

SENIOR PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER
Tel: 0312-260615/6/7, Mob: 0772-629 567, 0703-729 567

Email: cntabadde@redcrossug.org; www. redcrossug.org

NOTES TO EDITORS

Uganda Red Cross Society is an auxiliary body to government operating across the country through its wide network of 51 branches. URCS bases its work on the 7 fundamental principles of Humanity, Impartiality, Neutrality, Independence, Voluntary Service, Unity and Universality.