The Uganda Red Cross Society is appealing for 4.5 billion shillings to assist more than 14,000 households affected by landslides in the Mount Elgon area in Eastern Uganda. This comes three days after landslides buried Bunakasala and Bunalembwa villages in Mwalukaru parish, Bulucheke Sub County in Bududa district on Monday afternoon.
This comes three days after landslides buried Bunakasala and Bunalembwa villages in Mwalukaru parish, Bulucheke Sub County in Bududa district on Monday afternoon.
Robert Ssebunya, the humanitarian agency’s chairperson, says the funds will support communities who are already displaced and those staying in areas with evident cracks in the districts of Bududa, Sironko, Mbale, Manafwa, Kapchorwa, Bukwo, Bulambuli and Kween.
It shall also go towards affected people staying with host families, relatives, and friends in safer places within the districts.
Micheal Richard Nataka, the agency’s secretary general, says their in-depth and comprehensive assessment shows the needs are shelter, essential household items, improved sanitation, safe water, first aid and psychosocial services.
Nataka also adds that the Red Cross is going to carry out an assessment known as the geographical information system to map out the areas that have cracks and where people need to be moved.
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He also maintains that the number of suspected deaths still stands at 18 from the fifteen houses that were buried by the landslides in Bududa district on Monday. According to Nataka, 112 people survived the mudslides that buried two villages. He explains that to come up with the number of affected people, they had fifteen categories of people whose houses had been totally buried.
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The 4.5 billion shillings appeal will also cover shelter kits and tarpaulin sheeting to act as temporary shelter for the affected people. The appeal to development partners and well wishers is in addition to the 49 billion shillings that government is looking for to help relocate up to 400,000 people affected by landslides.