August 11, 2013

Bududa Landslide Survivors Flee To Safer Areas

The more than 2,000 survivors of the latest landslides in Bududa district have fled their homes to safer areas as they wait for government’s intervention.

On Saturday afternoon, a fresh landslide swept 16 villages in the parishes of Matuwa, Namirumba, Bumayoka and Bushiyi in Bulucheke Sub County killing one person and seriously injuring 18 others.

John Baptist Nambeshe, the Bududa District LC5 chairman identified the deceased as 8-year-old John Mangoye, a resident of Matuwa village, Matuwa parish in Bulucheke Sub County. The injured were rushed to Bushiyi health center III before being transferred to Bududa Hospital where they have all been admitted.

Meanwhile all the survivors who were earlier trapped on either side of River Manafwa after the bridge collapsed had by 9pm on Saturday all been rescued by the locals from the lower side.

Most survivors have fled to their relatives and well wishers who are living in the lower slopes of Mt. Elgon which are considered fairly safer.

Bududa is a landslide prone area that has experienced at least three disasters over the last three years. The main ones were in March 2010 in Bulucheke and Nametsi areas that is said to have killed at least 300 people.

On 2nd March 2011, another landslide swept the slopes of Mt. Elgon erasing three villages of Kubehwo, Namangasa and Nametsi located in Bukalasi sub-county, Bududa district. Only 92 bodies were recovered and only 31 survivors were rescued from the three affected villages.

Meanwhile on 25th June 2012, yet a heavy landslide occurred at Bunakasala parish, Bududa district sweeping through four villages after a heavy downpour in the area. According to Red Cross officials 8 persons went missing, nine were injured, 72 survived, and 15 houses were buried

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