15 Dead As Mudslides Bury Villages In Bulambuli District

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At least fifteen people are confirmed dead after being buried by landslides in Mabono village in Bulambuli district.

At least 15 people are confirmed dead and two others indured after being buried by landslides in Mabono village in Bulambuli district.

The landslides, triggered by torrential rains occurred at 1 AM on Monday, when mud buried entire families. According to Uganda Red Cross Society officials, there are more people still burried underneath.

Red Cross action teams assisted by local residents pulled 15 bodies from the rubble of Mabono village, according to Catherine Ntabadde, assistant director of communications at Uganda Red Cross Society.

Two people were rescued in Mabono, but eight others were confirmed dead following a mudslide in a second village in the same area. The bodies retrieved are of 6 children and 9 adults. The two survivors, 38-year-old Irene Namalea and Paul Kacheke were rushed to a nearby health centre by the Police.

Eight more people are said to have been buried by the mudslides in Meru Village, Sot Parish, Buluganya Sub County. A team of Red Cross workers from URCS Sironko Branch is on ground to support the search and rescue efforts.

Buluganya Sub County Chief has requested the district engineer to avail a bull dozer as the debris is too heavy to be removed by ordinary tools.
 
There are fears of more people being trapped under the mud. According to Agnes Mukoya, the Red Cross Sironko branch focal person, there is need for extensive excavation at the Mabono village to rescue those who might be trapped underneath.
 
A 70-year-old Lewis Masiga is feared to be under the debris in Mabono. The Red Cross Action team officials say they have been calling him on his phone with no response and the phone has since gone off.  
 
According to Ntabadde, the landslide appears to have smashed a big area, burying hundreds of houses. She says the URCS is conducting rapid assessments to identify the actual number of households affected.
 
The current heavy rains have also resulted into heavy flooding of the lower part of Buluganya Sub County affecting Bunambutye, Bwikhonge, Nabongo and Muyembe.  All houses in these areas are reportedly flooded.