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Residents look at one of the areas where the landslide occurred
Residents look at one of the areas where the landslide occurred. COURTESY PHOTO

Devastating Mudslides Burry School Kids In Bududa, Over 400 Feared Dead

Bududa district in the foothills of Mount Elgon, which lies on the border between Uganda and Kenya, is a high risk area for landslides
posted onOctober 11, 2018
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By Kampala Post Reporter 

MBALE. At least 22 people were killed in a devastating landslide after heavy rains in the eastern Uganda district of Bududa on Thursday.

"The preliminary report indicates that the number is likely to increase from the reported seven but we are yet to establish the actual numbers," Uganda Red Cross spokeswoman Irene Nakasiita said in a statement. 

Nakasiita described the situation as tense with "community members... scared and fleeing from their homes." 

Bududa district in the foothills of Mount Elgon, which lies on the border between Uganda and Kenya, is a high risk area for landslides. 

The worst happened on March 1, 2010 when more than 300 people were buried in Nametsi.

Government efforts to move vulnerable people to neighbouring districts have faced resistance from residents.

Today’s heavy downpour lasted for over four hours forcing villages to collapse. At the moment hundreds of people are uncounted for including school kids of Suume Junior Academy after its premises were buried and washed away.

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