The death toll from the Thursday landslides in Bududa district has risen to 45 while an unknown number is feared dead after a devastating mudslides that swept villages in Bakalasi Sub County in Bududa District.
Some of the bodies were seen floating on river Suume, with broken limbs.
The Thursday afternoon tragedy followed a heavy downpour and subsequent floods
According to Martin Owor, Commissioner Disaster Management at the Office of the Prime Minister, a big landslide rolled big boulders through a village in Bukalasi Sub County which buried several homes.
#BududaLandSlides2018 Both animals and people were swept away in this disaster. Our community volunteers did their best to rescue some people from the debris. In this photo is a bull that was dragged by running water to this valley. @RCClimate @GrcUganda pic.twitter.com/9bqbBEfDp0
— Uganda Red Cross Soc (@UgandaRedCross) October 12, 2018
Among the dead are school children of Suume Junior Academy after its premises were buried and washed away.
The search for more bodies in the debris and in the flooded river. Meanwhile, the survivors, have been admitted at Bukalasi health centre III for treatment.
Over 500 people displaced are seeking refuge in the nearby schools, churches and trading centres.
According to Government spokesperson Ofwono Opondo ‘‘early warning was done by government. It relocated people, it offered to and a half hectares of land. Some people resettled while others went back to Bududa because they wanted to stay near the graveyards of their ancestors.’’
In tweet on Thursday evening, President Museveni who is UK for the international conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade sent out commiserations to the affected residents
“I have received the sad news of landslides wreaking havoc in Bududa District, killing a yet-to-specified number of residents. The government will look at the other options available to stop further occurrences of these disasters. My condolences to those who have lost their dear ones in this catastrophe.”