Mudslides Kill 3 In Kaabong

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At least three people have been killed by mudslides that swept through four villages in Kaabong district on Thursday. The victims died on the spot when mudslides triggered by incessant rains hit Piire village located on the slopes of Morungole and Lwakaramoi hills in Kamion Sub County.

At least three people have been killed by mudslides that swept through four villages in Kaabong district on Thursday.

The victims died on the spot when mudslides triggered by incessant rains hit Piire village located on the slopes of Morungole and Lwakaramoi hills in Kamion Sub County.  Other villages include Puta, Kalapata and Kurubo less than a kilometer to the Uganda-South Sudan border.

Local leaders have identified the deceased as Machu Engintuny, who is a mother of four, Adupa Lomeri, aged two years and six-year-old Natuko Locham.

Lokol Lochap, the LC1 Chairperson of Piire Village tells Uganda Radio Network that disaster struck at around 1.00 pm. He explains that the day broke with early morning rains that lasted for several hours before the incident happened. He adds that several deaths would not have been avoided if the people were present in the villages. He says most of them have migrated to the neigbouring Kenya and South Sudan to fend for food.

Lochap further says several acres of crops and huts were destroyed and dozens of domestic animals including goats and sheep were also killed. He notes that children and women are most affected in the disaster since they do not have beddings among other necessities to cover in the current cold. He appeals to the government to provide tents and food for the affected households.

Joseph Midi, the LC5 Chairperson Kaabong district, says they are set to visit the area today to assess the damage caused by the mudslides. He explains that the most affected homes were those built on the top and slopes of the hills.

So far 11 people have been killed and scores injured by mudslides and sliding rocks in Kaabong district, in the last 30 months respectively.

The latest incident comes just over a week after floods killed at least 10 people and displaced over 20,000 others in Kasese district.

 

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Olandason Wanyama
Olandason Wanyama is the Karamoja region bureau chief. Amudat, Nakapiripirit, Moroto, Abim, Kotido and Kaabong districts fall under his docket. Wanyama has been a URN staff member since 2012.

The former teacher boasts of 20 years journalism experience. Wanyama started out as a freelance writer for the Daily Monitor newspaper in 1991 in Entebbe. Wanyama also wrote for the army publication Tarehe Sita, the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) magazine and The New Vision. While not on the beat, Wanyama taught child soldiers at Uganda Airforce School-Katabi.

Wanyama is very interested in conflict reporting, climate change, education, health and business reporting. He is also an avid photographic chronicler of vanishing tribal life in the East African region.