August 12, 2013

BUDUDA LANDSLIDES: 7 Victims Discharged From Hospital

Seven of the eighteen victims of the latest landslides in Bududa district who were on Saturday admitted at Bududa Hospital with multiple injuries have been discharged.

Two of the seven reportedly escaped from the hospital on Sunday morning while the rest were discharged after their condition had improved. These include Anjela Nabushawo, Derrick Kutosi, Justine Nafuna, Newumbe and Watsemba among others.

Zeles Nabusayi Wakubona, a principal nursing officer at Bududa hospital told local media that most of those discharged suffered minor injuries from the rubbles of their hoses that hit them as they tried to flee for safety while others suffered shock from the mudslides.

She also said the 11 survivors who are still in the hospital are out of danger saying they are responding to treatment faster and hopes they would also be discharged within this week. Most of them suffered broken limbs while others have registered chest pains.

A four-year-old child was killed and 18 other people were injured in the landslides that ravaged several villages in Bududa district on Saturday afternoon.

The landslide that swept 16 villages in the parishes of Matuwa, Namirumba, Bumayoka and Bushiyi in Bushiyi Sub County also devastated several hectares of crop gardens, swept away several household properties living more than 2,000 people vulnerable.

On Sunday a team from Uganda Red Cross Society, the Bududa District Disaster Committee and that from the Office of the Prime Minister visited the scene to assess the situation of the victims for immediate intervention.

Stephen Wamokota, the Eastern Regional Manager Uganda Red Cross Society, says they found that a total of 98 households require immediate relocation, and that 21 houses were destroyed by the landslides and heavy hailstorm.

Vincent Wawoyo, the Principal Disaster Officer in the Office of the Prime Minister, says the immediate interventions that the victims require are tarpaulins for temporary shelter, blankets, cups, saucepans, jerricans and relief food items to enable them start a new life.

He says government through the Office of the Prime Minister was mobilizing the items for immediate delivery.

Most of the victims fled their homes on Saturday evening and have taken refuge at friends and or relatives’ home on the lower slopes of the Mt. Elgon which are considered fairly safer.

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