Mudslides Injure 8 In Bududa

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Eight people have been injured by a mudslide that hit Bududa district on Thursday morning. The eight were injured when a landslide struck their home in Simuyu village in Bulucheke Sub-county, along the slopes of Mt. Elgon.

Eight people have been injured by a mudslide that hit Bududa district on Thursday morning.

The eight were injured when a landslide struck their home in Simuyu village in Bulucheke Sub-county, along the slopes of Mt. Elgon after a heavy downpour.

John Baptist Nambashe, the Bududa LC5 Chairperson says the victims of the 4am incident were rescued from a collapsed building by villagers, who carried them on stretchers down the mountain to the main road. They were then picked by an ambulance and rushed to Bududa Hospital.

Dr. Godfrey Mulekwa, the Medical Superintendent of Bududa Hospital says seven of the victims suffered bruises, while one had a broken rib. He identifies some of the victims as 81-year-old Francis Mayaye, 79-year-old Kelementina Nabifo and 78-year-old Felister Namono.

Stephen Wamakota, the Red Cross Mbale Regional Branch Manager says they have dispatched a team of volunteers to Bulucheke to assess the damage caused by the landslide in order to provide humanitarian assistance to the victims.

The incident follows a similar one in Kaabong district, where seven people were killed and two others injured by a mudslide on Tuesday night.

This is the second time Bududa is struck by landslides. In March 2010, the slides buried an entire village killing over 300 people. Government eventually relocated the survivors to Kiryandongo district after experts warned of more disaster on the slopes of Mount Elgon.