The Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) has deployed a team of first responders to Buwali Sub county, which last evening experienced a severe recurrence of landslides that are said to have buried dozens of homes.
The OPM through its Disaster Preparedness and Management Department confirmed the development which was attributed to yesterday’s heavy downpour.
“There are reports of displacement and destruction of property as well as missing persons,” said Julius Mucunguzi the Head of Communications at the OPM.
“A team from OPM has been sent on the ground to work with local authorities and other agencies to establish the facts to inform the next course of immediate action.”
The Uganda Red Cross Society who also have responders on the ground said up to five people were feared dead.
“Preliminary information coming through indicates that around 150 houses could be destroyed, 5 people suspected to be dead and around 50 missing,” said Irene Nakasiita the Red Cross spokesperson.
Pictures taken from Lutsakhe constituency, Bunamwaba Parish, Buwali Sub county in Bududa District showed mass destruction by the land slides.
Meanwhile, The OPM in the statement, 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.
The OPM recently started resettling the first batch of the survivors of the October 2018 landslides in same area and other places in Bugisu sub region to Bulambuli Resettlement on 19th May 2019.
Up to 101 houses have been built in Bulambuli out of a planned 900 houses.
In total, over 100,000 people living precariously on the slopes of Mount Elgon are estimated to be at great danger and requiring relocation.