Landslides kill three in Kasese as Houses are Buried

In the early hours of Thursday morning, a tragic landslide claimed the lives of three children in Kyondo village, Kyondo sub-county, Bukonzo East, Kasese district. The children, who were living with their grandmother, were buried alive as the landslide struck their homestead during a night downpour. Despite the grandmother's efforts to seek help, she was unable to save them, as recounted by Clarence Mumbahya, the Bwera Hospital administrator and a relative.

This heartbreaking incident adds to a series of similar disasters in the region. Just the day before, Alice Mbambu lost her life when her house was swept away by a landslide in Kanyatsi village, Nyakabingo Parish, Nyakabingo Sub-County. In Bunyangabu, another family tragically lost four members in the Katebwa sub-county.

The Uganda Red Cross Society has been actively involved in responding to these disasters, deploying teams to assess the damage and offer assistance. The recent landslides and floods have caused extensive devastation in Bunyangabu and Kasese districts, resulting in loss of life, displacement, and destruction of property.

At least 50 families from Kasangali Parish in Bwesumbu sub-county, Busongora County North, Kasese district, have been displaced by the landslides. These families, mainly from villages such as Kasangali B Ruhara I, Ruhara II, Buhati, Butwetse, and Kasangali A, are currently seeking temporary refuge in places like Kasangali Primary School, Kasangali Health Centre II, and Nyakanengo Primary School.

Among the displaced is Yolesi Mulegheya Nyabahasa, a mother of eight children, who lost her house, utensils, and crop gardens to the disaster. Local leaders, including Reuben Watsurawa, the Kasangali Parish Chairperson, have appealed to government agencies and civil society organizations for assistance.

Samson Bagenda, the Busongora County North FDC Chairperson, emphasized the importance of using professional builders and quality materials in construction to mitigate such disasters in the future.

Florence Kabugho, the Kasese woman MP, visited the survivors and donated funds to support them. She urged affected leaders to compile a detailed report of the incidents for submission to relevant authorities. Additionally, she encouraged residents across the district to plant more trees, especially on vulnerable hillsides, to prevent further disasters.

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