More lives lost in fresh Bududa landslides

At least five lives were lost in Tuesday’s heavy downpour and dozens more reported missing as landslides ravaged Shisakali village, Buwali Sub County in Bududa district.

According to Patrick Kibeti Nabutanyi,the Bududa district information officer, it is still hard to establish the number of victims but more than 50 people are still missing, several animals killed and crop gardens washed way.

Julius Mucunguzi, the Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda’s spokesman reported on Wednesday morning that the office of the Prime Minister (OPM) had dispatched search and rescue teams  to work with local leaders and other agencies to establish the facts on ground.

The Uganda Red Cross Society also said in a tweet that it had sent teams to conduct rapid assessment which will inform the agency’s response.

The latest landslide comes a few months after the government started resettling the first batch of the survivors of the previous landslides in the district to Bulambuli district.

In the first phase, 101 houses have been built in Bulambuli out of a planned 900 houses. In total, over 100,000 people living precariously on the slopes of Mount Elgon are estimated to be at great danger and requiring relocation.