A team of rescue workers are still digging through the rubble in search of victims of devastating landslides that hit two villages in Bududa district on Monday. Kevin Nabutwa, the Assistant Director Uganda Red Cross Society, says efforts are being hampered by lack of excavation equipment which has forced rescue workers to dig through the rubble with rudimentary tools including hoes and spades.
By 11:30am on Tuesday, a team of rescue workers comprising Uganda Red Cross volunteers, the army and villagers were still looking for the missing persons.
Kevin Nabutwa, the Assistant Director Uganda Red Cross Society, says efforts are being hampered by lack of excavation equipment which has forced rescue workers to dig through the rubble with rudimentary tools including hoes and spades.
She clarified that so far no bodies have been recovered contrary to earlier reports from her organization that put the number of dead at 18. She says the search and rescue team only recovered carcasses of two cows.
On Monday evening, at least nine people were rescued and rushed to Bududa Hospital for treatment.
She says the Uganda Red Cross Society has setup a tracing desk at the site where relatives are registering those who are missing.
She says so far the information they have indicates fifty six families comprising of more than 400 people have been displaced and are in urgent need of emergency relief aid like food, water and shelter.
Local leaders and Uganda Red Cross Society have confirmed at least 15 homes buried by the mudslides that hit Bwakasola and Bunalembwa villages in Mwalukaru parish in Bulucheke Sub-county during a heavy downpour.
John Nambeshe, the Bududa Local Council Five chairperson had earlier put the number of people in each of the villages at 80. He explained that the victims included school children who had just returned to their homes for lunch.
He said the landslide had first hit the area in the night and destroyed several acres of crops but the locals allegedly declined to evacuate from the place.
Nassan Wanasolo, the LC 3 chairperson of Bulucheke Sub County, says at least nine members of his family are still missing.
Yesterday’s landslides come just three weeks after two people were killed and 50 others displaced by landslides in Bugimwela village, Bumasifa Sub County in Sironko district.
In March 2010 more than 300 people were killed by landslides in Bududa district.