Godfrey Watenga Nabutanyi the member of parliament for Lutseshe constituency in Bududa District is among the victims of the 4th June mudslides whose ancestral home was washed away by mudslides, regretted the nasty incident saying the rains started at 7:30 pm and lasted for over four hours.
Adding that this could
be the reason for the incident. He however confirms that the number of people
who have perished in this landslide cannot be established at the moment as
people staying on the other side cannot be reached physically and on phone.
say, one girl has died and several feared missing in a landslide that occurred
this night in shisakali village, bugobero parish buwali subcounty in Bududa
long-lasting rains that persisted for over four hours prompting the soils to
loosen and roll at 11:30 pm.Several houses, animals and crops have washed away
leaving the land with only mud and rocks.
Esther Nashuwu the survivor
and mother of the diseased said, “i heard
of noise from uphill and i ran outside only to realize that mud was rolling downhill
adding that in less than four seconds, mud had covered the house where my 8year
old girl and a pupil of Bundesi primary school in Bukalasi sub county was.”
Samson Wambete a
resident of the same parish, Bukobero said, “we cannot establish the number of people who have died due to heavy
deposits of mud and boulders along the way which has made hard for them to
cross to the scene.”
In a statement from
the prime ministers office, it confirms reports of displacement and destruction
of property as well as missing persons. Search and Rescue teams are on the
ground and we pray that the missing are found alive.
A team from OPM
has been sent on the ground to work with local authorities and other agencies
to establish the facts to inform the next course of immediate action.
In the meantime,
people living on risky and dangerous slopes of Mt Elgon continue to be advised
to move away and seek shelter with friends and relatives in lower and
safer grounds as the rains come.
As you may recall,
Government /OPM started resettling the first batch of the survivors of the October 11, 2018 landslides in same area and other places in Bugisu sub region
to Bulambuli Resettlement on 19th May
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.
The second phase of
construction of 140 houses is