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Bududa Landslides: Number Of Dead Reaches 5, Several Still Missing

A total of five bodies have so far been retrieved from the mudslides that hit Bududa district on Tuesday.

According to Elgon region police, two bodies were retrieved Wednesday adding on the three that were discovered yesterday.

Reports indicate that 30 people are still missing. Meanwhile teams from the Red Cross and Uganda Police search and rescue team are still on ground.

At least 18 home steads were swept away by the mudslide that ravaged through Banamasa and Naposhi villages in Buhika sub county, Bududa district.

The heavy downpour that led to this latest tragedy started on Monday night and lasted up to Tuesday morning.

River Soronko burst its banks, with water flowing into houses and plantations killing animals and cutting off roads.

Police is on ground and working with the community in search for the remaining bodies as officials from the Office Of The Prime Minister and Ministry Of Disaster Preparedness are yet to reach the scene.

Area local leaders have attributed the continuous tragedies to the slow resettlement program of people living in mudslide prone areas.

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Government through the OPM is building houses at Bunambutye resettlement camp in Bulambuli district. At least 100 people are resettled per year.

Locals say the resettled number is small as compared to the people staying in high risk areas in Bugishu region at large.

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