Dozens feared dead as landslides hit Bududa again

A rescue operation has kicked off in Bukalasi Sub County, Bududa district in search of survivors of landslides that occurred after a heavy Thursday afternoon downpour.

Local sources say, about 200 houses were swept away after River Suume burst its banks, drowning a number of people.

The Red Cross said seven people have been buried by the slides.

“The number is likely to increase from the reported 7 but we are yet to establish the actual numbers. The situation is tense as community members are; on high tension, scared and fleeing their homes for safety,” said Irene Nakasiita, the public relations officer of Uganda Red Cross Society.

Local sources say, some eight bodies have been retrieved but the number victims could go up.

Nakasiita said that more landslides are expected in the area as the rains intensify.

The Mountain Elgon district has been suffering landslides since 2012 with the most recent being in 2017 which destroyed three villages in Bulucheke Sub County.