Police Call off Search for Sironko Landslide Victims

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The search for the two people still missing after the landslides in Sironko district on Sunday has not yielded any results. Locals in Bugimwela village, Bumasobi Parish in Bumasipi sub county claim that two people are still missing while the district authorities insist that all the victims have been accounted for.

The search for the two people still missing after the landslides in Sironko district on Sunday has not yielded any results.
 
Locals in Bugimwela village, Bumasobi Parish in Bumasipi sub county claim that two people are still missing while the district authorities insist that all the victims have been accounted for.

Two bodies of people from the same family—a mother and a son—have been retrieved since the incident occurred at 4:00pm on Sunday.

The deceased are 52-year-old Ritah Mukokosi and her son 30-year-old Francis Wambuka.

Diana Ndawula, the Mid Eastern Regional Police spokesperson, says police have called off the search and rescue mission after a day of fruitless struggle.
 
She says they are conducting investigation on the whereabouts of the suspected victims.
 
Robert Wangiro, the area LC 1 chairperson, insists that two of his members are still missing whereas Hussein Kato, the Resident District Commissioner claims that all the victims have been accounted for.

A team of Sironko district leaders led by James Nabende, the Local Council 5 chairperson, visited the scene on Monday to verify the damages.

Nabende says at least 35 families have been displaced by the landslides and more than 70 hectares of crop gardens devastated.
 
He said more than 90 other families are at risk as the heavy rains continue to pound the region. The LC5 chairperson called upon the Ministry of the Disaster Preparedness to intervene and relocate the survivors.

The region is prone to landslides during the rainny season. In March 2010, an estimated 300 people died when mudslides buried an entire village in Bududa district. Some of the survivors were later relocated to Kiryandongo district.

 

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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.