5 Dead in Bududa district as Landslides hit again

Posted: 2019-06-05T10:34:57Z Read: 1,073 times
5 Dead in Bududa district as Landslides hit again

Officials from the Prime minister’s office are on a Search and Rescue mission in Bududa district where at least five people have been confirmed dead and more than 50 others feared missing following fresh landslides in the area. The landslide came with a heavy downpour on Tuesday evening. 

According to local leaders, about 150 houses were also swept by the landslides. 

Currently, the office of the Prime Minister says they have sent teams on 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.

The development comes a few months after government commenced the resettlement activities of the first batch of the survivors of the October 11, 2018 landslides in the same area and other places in Bugisu sub-region to Bulambuli Resettlement on May 19.  

101 houses have so far 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.  

140 houses are also under construction for the second phase.