By Walukhu Simon Peter, STEPFM/NECJOGHA
Bulambuli, Uganda – One person has been confirmed dead several still missing after landslides hit the eastern Uganda district of Bulambuli on Tuesday following heavy rains in the district which started lasted for several hours.
According to a press release by the Coordinator, Communications and Public Relations of Uganda Red Cross Society, Irene Nakasiita on Wednesday, the deceased is a 65 year old man only identified as Gimuguyi who was buried by soil debris when part of his house collapsed in. He was a resident was living alone in Bulago sub county, Bukhatisi village.
The landslides also destroyed gardens, fish ponds and killed animals. Bridges and roads connecting to other sub counties have been cut off the most affected sub counties are Bulago, lusha, Nabiwutul and Bumasobo.
According to Nakasiita a Red Cross action team is on ground to conduct assessment, establish magnitude of the disaster and the needs of the people affected.
Meanwhile, Wanyoro Denis the district youth councillor the affected people whose houses were washed away are now seeking shelter in nearby schools, churches and sub county headquarters. Red Cross and district disaster management teams are on ground to ascertain the damage and give report to the office of the prime minister.
Wanyoro called upon people living in risky places to shift to safer grounds as they await government response.
Simon peter Wananzofu the chairperson LC5 Bulambuli District says that they have many people who are missing following the landslides and that the district faced with a food crisis because many of the gardens have been destroyed.
One person has been confirmed dead several still missing after landslides hit the eastern #Uganda district of Bulambuli on Tuesday following heavy rains in the district which started lasted for several hours. @UgandaRedCross @opmdpm #ClimateChange pic.twitter.com/axDmJ51gMH
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The Office of the Prime Minister also released a disaster alert about the situation warning of expected flooding in the coming rains in other parts of Uganda.
“Above normal rains falling in Bugisu sub region causing massive floods and landslides. The situation will persist up to end of October. Persons living in risky steep slope and close to river banks are strongly urged to relocate and stay in homes of friends and relatives in safer locations up to end of October. Floods expected in Kampala, Tesco, Kigali, some areas of Achill and Booked,” the alert from Martin Owor, the Commissioner Disaster Preparedness OPM said.
The alert warned people not to drive, ride or walk across flooded roads or bridges with running waters one foot or 30 centimetres high and to wait for about 15 to 20 minutes for the floods to clear.
This is in tandem with what was said at the just concluded Fifty Third Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum (GHACOF53) which took place in Dar as Salaam, Tanzania from August 26th to August 29, 2019.
When discussing about the seasonal forecast for the October to December rainfall season it warned of flooding in Northern and Eastern Uganda especially in November during the peak of the rain season.
The Forum brought together climate information providers and users from key socio-economic sectors, governmental and non-governmental organisations, decision-makers, climate scientists, and civil society stakeholders among others.
Meanwhile, Paul Lubwama of Bukedde FM radio in Kampala reports that, the Ministry of Education shall spend 21 billion shillings to repair schools that were damaged by the heavy rains.
This was revealed by the minister Janet Museveni during the 26th education and sports sector review meeting in Kampala.