Families that lost loved ones in this week’s landslides that hit Kisoro district have each received Shillings 500,000.
9 people died following the landslides that left houses submerged and washed away gardens. Most of the deceased were children who got buried by the mud.
The Office of the Prime Minister contributed Ugx 500,000 to every family that lost their people. The money was delivered by Hon. Esther Nyakun the Minister of State for relief, Disaster preparedness and refugees, office of the prime minister.
The relief will also help 300 families who were severely affected by mudslides in Kisoro district on Monday evening.
Mudslides from Mount Muhabura triggered by heavy rains swept through Koranya trading center in Buzeyi village in Rukongi parish and claimed the lives of nine people.
Four of the dead who were Rwandan nationals were buried in public land in Nyarusiza sub-county following consent by family members that they are financially incapacitated to transport bodies to Rwanda for a decent burial.
More than 50 houses were also destroyed in the same trading centre. The mudslides also ravaged Rucantege, Rukeri Sooko, and Nyagihenge villages in the same parish. The rain wreaked havoc in the sub-counties of Nyarusiza, Muramba, and Bunagana town council.
Up to 816 families were affected by the rain in the four sub-counties. According to Irene Nakasiit the Uganda Red Cross Spokesperson,families of the deceased were on Wednesday evening given 4 million shillings for equal sharing to help in facilitating funeral expenses.
She also says that each severely affected family was given of 2 bars soap, 2 saucepans, 2 jerrycans, 6 plates, 2 blankets, 01 tarpaulin tent, 02 mosquito nets, 3 cups and 02 mats.
Minister Anyakun says that the government will soon send more relief aid in terms of food to support all the 816 families that were affected by the disaster.
She also says that the government will consider means of relocating the families living in disaster-prone areas in the districts to safer places.