Residents worried of landslides after cracks develop in Manafwa villages    

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By Judith Amusugut, OPEN GATE FM/NECJOGHA, MBALE

Kampala,Uganda-Residents of Manafwa District in Eastern Uganda are worried of being hit by landslides after cracks were seen in several villages.

According to Nandudu Jennifer one of the area residents the cracking of the land has left them sleepless  because when it rains water passes down into their houses and also destroys crops.

Norah Mukhaye the district councilor for Bunabustale county  says that every early morning they have to move around checking on all people leaving around the affected villages of Soobi,Buwafula and Bunabustale where most of the cracks have been seen.

Meanwhile the LC1 chairman  of Bunabustale , Sam Natandula called upon the government  to not only look at relocating the people of Bududa because there are also other areas of the Bugisu region where people are threatened with landslides.

The LC5 chairman of Manafwa district, John Musila confirmed the presence of the cracks in the villages but said they are not a threat because they are not expanding. He however, called upon the residents to always be alert and report to their leaders in case they see anything abnormal .

“You never know with issues of nature. It is very possible that they (cracks) may widen  so people must be on the alert,” Musila said.

Last month, six people were killed and hundreds displaced from their homes when landslides hit villages in Bududa. This was amidst efforts of government to relocate those in danger of being killed by landslides to houses it is constructing at Bunambutye in Bulambuli district.

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