At least five people have been confirmed killed in the landslides that hit the eastern Bududa district last evening.
The landslides according to the Uganda Red Cross, were a result of a heavy downpour that started at around 8:30pm.
The Red Cross and the Prime Minister’s Office have deployed responders to try and save lives.
Red Cross spokesperson Irene Nakasiita says while a number of sub counties were affected, the worst hit was Buwaali Sub-County, particularly in areas like Bunamwamba North, Bunamwamba Main, and Bunamwamba South.
Nakasiita on Wednesday morning named the five confirmed victims of the slides as Mary Cerina Kibone, 73, Patrick Wakuwema, 4, Seera Miriam Alice, 7, Mary Kimono, 13, and another boy whose names were not yet identified.
“The local Red cross branch Volunteers together with the local police joined efforts and retrieved the bodies,” she said.
“Bodies are currently at Bukalasi Police post. 15 Red Cross Volunteers deployed to continue with search and Rescue efforts.”
Meanwhile, rescuers continue to face challenges according to the Red Cross, in efforts reach the affected areas due to steep and slippery slopes.
By Wednesday morning, it was still threatening to rain again, according to Nakasiita.
The Prime Minister’s Office which this morning deployed rescuers to the area, called on people living on risky and dangerous slopes of Mt Elgon to move away and seek shelter with friends and relatives in lower and safer grounds as the rains come.