Govt To Establish IDP Camp For Bududa Landslides Victims

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Government has disclosed that it will relocate the more than 600 survivors of the recent landslides in Bulucheke Sub County, Bududa district, to an Internally Displaced People’s Camp.

Government has disclosed that it will relocate the more than 600 survivors of the recent landslides in Bulucheke Sub County, Bududa district, to an Internally Displaced People’s Camp.

Musa Ecweru, the State Minister for relief and disaster preparedness, says government has received 123 million shillings as a donation from the South Korean government to Bududa victims.

He says the money would be channeled to the purchase of tents for temporary accommodation for these displaced people at a camp in an area yet to be identified within Bugisu sub region.

He explains that many of these displaced victims are stranded as they have nowhere to go. Ecweru said this has forced government to reconsider its earlier decision not to establish a camp for them for fear of exposing them to the cholera epidemic that has ravaged the region.

He says government is looking for an area within Bugisu sub region where it can establish a camp to relocate these people.

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Ecweru says that government is looking forward to having a permanent relocation for those living on the slopes of Mt Elgon areas which he says are at high risk of another disaster any time.

He says government will first consider those who were displaced by the June 25th landslides in Bunakasala Village, Bulucheke Sub County, where undisclosed number of people were buried.

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An emergency assessment report by Uganda Red Cross Society indicates that a total of 112 households with a population of 672 survivors have been displaced and they need very urgent humanitarian assistance.

Bududa district health officials have received the news of relocation of the displaced people with delight. Betty Muchala, the Bududa District Health Officer, says she was worried about the health of those who have since remained stranded around the villages that were swept by the landslides.

She said the landslides washed away several toilets in the affected villages causing a flow of human waste into the nearby wells which are sources of water for domestic use. She says this has exposed the survivors to serious risk of contracting cholera epidemic and accordingly asked government to speed up the relocation plan.

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Denis Olaka
Denis Olaka is the URN bureau chief for Lira, in northern Uganda. Apac and Otuke fall under his docket. Olaka has been a URN staff member since 2011.

Olaka started his journalism career in 2000 as a news reporter, anchor, and then editor for Radio Lira in Lira district. He was subsequently an editor with Lira's Radio Wa in 2004 and Gulu district's Mega FM.

He was also a freelance writer for the Daily Monitor and Red Pepper newspapers.

Olaka's journalism focuses on politics, health, agriculture and education. He does a lot of crime reporting too.