The cracks are estimated to be half kilometer and 20ft deep. Felesian Biriho, the Rukiri LC C 5 councilor says that more than 90 families live on the slopes of both hills.
Ngyembe I and Ntegambahills in Kigunga Parish in Rukiri Sub County in Ibanda district have developed huge cracks sending several communities around the hills in fear of landslides during the rainy seasons. The cracks are estimated to be half kilometer and 20ft deep. Felesian Biriho, the Rukiri LC C 5 councilor says that more than 90 families live on the slopes of both hills. He says that residents are living under the mercy of God because they have no alternative land to settle.
Biriho has promised to take up the matter with the forestry Ibanda district authorities to battle deforestation to reduce the rates of destruction and prevent mudslides. Tom Nuwagira, Ibanda District Environment Officer, who visited the affected hills, attributes the cracks to underground water, saying the hills act as a water catchment area. He says the low lands are characterized with the movement of rocks, debris and soil erosion which makes it prune to landslides.
Nuwagira however explains that the affected Banyakigunga community members cannot leave the area because of their attachment to their cultural heritage and tradition. He says various community projects such as schools, churches, health centers and private property are at risk of being hit by boulders, once the hills give way.