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Mbale landslide victims decry starvation

Some of the mothers and their children inside Buyango primary school. Photo : William Cheptoek

Mbale, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Landslide victims in Mbale District are struggling to find food and water. The affected people were displaced from their homes by landslides, which hit the district last week.

The landslide victims have pitched camp at Buyango community primary school in Buyango village, Buyango parish in Busano Sub County.

Fred Weswa, the LCI Chairperson of Buyango village, says that there is a food crisis in the camp. He explains that the victims are only surviving on porridge, and the first priority is given to children.

Weswa says that the victims are also using water from dirty sources rising fears of an outbreak of waterborne diseases.

Vincent Wanjera, a victim says, they are just wandering at the trading center with nothing to eat.

Rajabu Banuli, a victim says there are more than 100 victims at the school that are yet to receive any relief support from the government since they camped at the school.

Scovia Nagudi, another affected resident with 8 children, says they are only surviving at the mercy of well-wishers in the community who give them something to eat.

She said on Sunday, Mbale District Woman MP, Miriam Mukyaye delivered some maize floor, which got finished.

Hakim Ssemakukula, another victim reveals, that, some children at the camp are getting malnourished and developing signs of sickness due to lack of what to eat.

Jonathan Wandeka Wambwa, the former LCIII Chairperson of Busano sub-county, faults district authorities for neglecting the landslide victims.

“These people need food, safe water, and bedding materials, but the district is silent as if they don’t know what is going on in Buyango”. says Wambwa.

The landslide victims have called for immediate government intervention to save the situation.

Muhammed Mafabi, the LCV Chairperson Mbale, says they will meet with the district disaster committee on Monday to devise means of helping the victims.

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