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More than 400 people stranded in Bududa

FILE PHOTO: Bududa landslides

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The landslides that hit Bududa district on Tuesday left more than 400 people homeless and stranded. The area suffered multiple landslides after a heavy downpour that lasted more than eight hours, hardly hitting the areas of the Bunamwamba North, Bunamwamba Main and, Bunamwamba South in Buwaali Sub County.

The District Disaster Committee confirmed that six people had died as a result of the landslides. 27 others are still admitted at Bududa Hospitals.

Bududa District Chairperson Wilson Watila who said that many of those affected were left hopeless, with no shelter, no clothing, no food and no household items.  He said that the disaster committee has recommended that those without relatives be hosted in nearby mosques, churches and schools.

According to him, these people are in need of basic needs like food to enable sustain lives wherever they are.

90-year-old Josephine Watooya, one of the survivors of the disaster from Bunamwamba village in Buwaali Sub County narrates how her grandchildren helplessly carried her from the house to escape the disaster. She, however, adds that all her animals, garden and house were razed.

Bududa District Woman Member of Parliament Justin Khainza said that the government should explore other options of relocation to save the people from more disasters. She suggests that the government could consider extending cash to people who have identified land, away from Bududa, for relocation.

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