Govt Suspends Search Efforts In Bududa

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Dr Stephen Mallinga, the minister for relief and disaster preparedness says government has called off the rescue operations after it realized that there is no hope of finding any more survivors. He said the focus is now on recovery of bodies, assessment of the needs of the displaced people and provision of humanitarian assistance.

Government on Tuesday delivered an assortment of both food and non food relief items to the more than 200 victims of landslides in Bulucheke Sub County in Bududa district.
 
Dr Stephen Mallinga, the minister for relief and disaster preparedness says government has called off the rescue operations after it realized that there is no hope of finding any more survivors. He said the focus is now on recovery of bodies, assessment of the needs of the displaced people and provision of humanitarian assistance.

Musa Ecweru, Mallinga’s deputy in the ministry, is currently in Bududa where he delivered 100 family size tents, 100 bags of maize flour, 50 bags of beans and 100 buckets and 500 cups to the victims.

Mallinga says the Uganda Red Cross Society has also dispatched 220 bars of soap, 220 saucepans, 330 plates, 220 pieces of blankets and 220 treated mosquito nets.

Ecweru says government might be pushed to forcefully relocate people in the landslide-prone areas.

While speaking at Bumwalukani sub-county in Bududa District, where landslides buried two villages on Monday afternoon, Ecweru said that to avoid the risk of more people dying the government will not let anyone to keep staying in the areas at risk of mudslides.

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At least 29 homes are believed to have been buried by the landslides that affected hit the villages of Bunakasala, Bunamulembwa, Mabaya and Walwanyi in Bumwalukani parish in Bulucheke Sub County on Monday afternoon.
 
Ten people were on Monday rescued by a team of local volunteers from Red Cross Society and some area residents. They were all rushed to Bududa hospital where they are receiving treatment.

John Baptist Nambashe, the Bududa district LC 5 chairperson, says they have not yet received the relief assistance from government but added that his office has been informed of the delivery which he said is expected anytime today.

Some of the residents in the area told Minister Ecweru that they are now ready to shift from the hills but urged the government to find them land within Bugisu region.

The Minister, however, warned against putting up temporally camps for the landslide displaced victims in Bududa saying that it might cause spread of diseases like cholera among others in the area.
 
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Ecweru advised the landslide survivors to stay with their friends and relatives in the neighboring areas adding that the government shall avail them and those hosting them with relief.