Uganda: 20 Killed in Bududa Mudslides

The mudslides followed a heavy downpour that lasted for over four hours on Thursday October 11, 2018.
11 October 2018

Bududa — Twenty people have been confirmed dead while an unknown number is feared dead after a devastating mudslides swept villages in Bakalasi Sub County in Bududa District.

The residents recovered some of the bodies, which were seen floating on river Suume, with broken limbs on Thursday afternoon.

Among the deceased were school children of Suume Junior Academy after its premises were buried and washed away.

The mudslides followed a heavy down pour that lasted for over 4 hours.

By the time of filing this story, the residents had been joined by police officers and were still searching for more bodies in the debris and in the flooded river, which pours into River Manafwa.

The survivors, some of whom sustained injuries have been admitted at Bukalasi health centre III for treatment.

Over 500 people are reported to have also been displaced and are in need of shelter and food, according to the local leaders.

The displaced residents, all living along the River bank, were seeking refuge in the nearby schools, churches and trading centres.

But, by press time, the district and security leaders had convened a crisis meeting at the scene to chat a way forward on the fate of displaced and missing bodies.

The Elgon region Police Spokesperson, Mr Manshur Sowedi confirmed that over 20 bodies have been retrieved but said more were still missing.

"The number of dead people is believed to be more than 50," Mr Manshur said.

He said police are in touch with government to get equipment which will help them to recover the missing bodies.


See What Everyone is Watching

More From: Monitor

Don't Miss

AllAfrica publishes around 700 reports a day from more than 140 news organizations and over 500 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.