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Despite government efforts to resettle the people of Bududa to safer places
Several government efforts to resettle the people of Bududa to safer places has yielded little fruit. Courtesy photo

Bududa Disaster: Museveni Urges Residents As Death Toll Climbs To 50

The landslides occurred after a river burst its banks following heavy rains that lasted four over four hours
posted onOctober 12, 2018
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By Kampala Post Reporter

President Yoweri Museveni has urged residents of Bududu district and neigbouring areas to cooperate with rescue teams dispatched by Government following the Thursday disaster.

Museveni, who is away in London to attend a conference on illegal wildlife trade, tweeted Thursday, urging residents to "co-operate with authorities to mitigate possible further danger".

"I have received the sad news of landslides wreaking havoc in Bududa district, killing a yet-to-specified number of residents. The government has dispatched rescue teams to the affected areas. 

"The government will look at the other options available to stop further occurrences of these disasters. My condolences to those who have lost their dear ones in this catastrophe," the President tweeted.

Death toll sores

Meanwhile, at least 50 bodies have so far been discovered although it is feared that more people lost their lives in the devastating mudslides. The dead include women and school kids whose school was consumed by the slides. 

READ MOREDevastating Mudslides Burry School Kids In Bududa, Over 400 Feared Dead

The landslides occurred after a river burst its banks following heavy rains that lasted for over four hours.

Martin Owor, the Commissioner Disaster Management in the Office of the Prime Minister said in a statement on Thursday evening that, the river rolled big boulders through a village in Bukalasi Subcounty killing several people.

 He said that a detailed Disaster loss and damage report will be issued after the on-going assessment.

The OPM disaster team led by Brig. Steven Oluka has been dispatched to join the District Disaster rescue and recovery team.

“Relief supplies (Blankets, tents, Tarpaulins, Jerricans, sourcepans and Food) for the survivors will arrive before midday tomorrow,” Owor explained.

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