At least 17 people have been confirmed dead in Thursday landslides that swept across five villages in Bukalasi sub-county, Bududa district.
Latest reports indicate the death toll could rise as several residents including pupils of Sume Junior School remain unaccounted for. Over 200 people are feared dead as the landslide swept five villages. Unconfirmed reports indicate Some were buried in the rubble, others swept into the water streams
Wilson Watila, the Bududa district LC V chairman, in an interview with NTV said the landslide was caused after River Suume burst its banks following heavy downpour.
Uganda Red Cross spokesperson Irene Nakasiita said their emergency team on the ground can’t access the affected areas because it’s still very dangerous. The eastern Ugandan district, Bududa is prone to landslides.
April 2018, floods and landslides that hit Teso region in Eastern Uganda left communities devastated and in ruins; no food shelter, house hold property and other basic needs.The heavy downpours that lasted for months washed away people’s homes, crops and left almost an entire region starving and displaced. About five5 people died in this catastrophe and thousands got displaced while fleeing to safety.
In March 2010, landslides buried an estimated 350 residents Nametsi parish, about 28 people in Bulambuliwere were killed in 2011. In March 2012, landslides again killed six people in Sironko district while in the same year, in the month of June 2012, landslides in Bududa district buried 18 more people.