It seems that mother nature is in quite a mood, while Houston continues to struggle through Tropical storm Harvey, villages in Eastern Uganda have been destroyed in a landslide following heavy rains. The Uganda landslide destroyed three villages.
According to the Daily Monitor, the Uganda landslide destroyed three villages in Bulucheke Sub-County of Bududa District in the Mount Elgon region. They report that the district official says that houses have been knocked down, livestock buried and at least 200 people from forty families displaced.
The villages which have been affected by the landslide are Marobo and Shikhuyu in Buluchecke Sub-county and Nabutsasi in Bumayoka Sub-county. The people who have been displaced from their homes have sought refuge either with relatives or at the nearby Bunamubi, Bulucheke, and Kushu trading centers.
Thankfully, no deaths or injuries have yet been reported but rescue workers and volunteers have gone to the area to assess the extent of the damage. one of the affected residents reported that the landslide began at 5 pm on Sunday after a huge mass of soil broke off from uphill, toppling their houses and destroying farmlands. The woman named Ms. Alice Nambozowas reported as saying;
“It buried my house while I was seeing. We only survived because it was during daytime and [we were] out of the house, Everything has been buried, but we are lucky that no one has died.”
Without citing any source for her statistics, Bududa district Deputy Speaker Aidah Mukuwa says up to 200 people are affected and property worth millions of shillings have been destroyed. She also said that residents fear a repeat land or mudslide as torrential rains continue to pound the area.
Majiya County Member of Parliament John Nambeshe alleged that the disaster has always been impending;
“There are so many fresh cracks that have developed in the mountain. We are sitting on a time bomb and residents have stubbornly refused to relocate to safer areas,”
This will not be the first time that the area, Bududa, will be caught in a deadly landslide. In 2010, almost 300 people were buried alive after a village was buried under mud.