Dead body dug from Bududa landslide debris after 25 days

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By Frank Lukwago, New Vision/NECJOGHA

Bududa, Uganda – Another body has been dug from the rubbles in Hewasalsi village, in Bududa district, eastern Uganda.

According to the Uganda Red Cross publicist, Irene Nakasiita, the body of Titus Muyonga,  62 who was the Chairman LC1 has been discovered after 25 days since the landslide happened in this area.

  This body was dug up by an excavator at around 6pm last Friday and  close to 300m away  from where the other 26 bodies were dug by the search and rescue team.

“His relative approached the Uganda Red Cross family tracing desk to register him as missing.  Another relative insisted that the late appears to him in a dream directing him where the body is. We offered psychosocial support to them. They picked a hoe and the exercise of digging the alleged area kicked off. The body was then discovered in the exact place.” said Ibrahim Ssenyonya, the Uganda Red Cross operations manager – Bududa response.

This now brings the total of  missing persons to 10, whereas 27 dead bodies have been discovered so far,

Meanwhile relief distribution in Eastern Uganda resumes this week. Uganda Red Cross  has mobilised more non food items to support Bududa, Butaleja, Sironko, Mbale and some parts of Karamoja.

On Sunday, Red Cross distributed relief items at Bushika Secondary School in Bududa.

Relief items delivered by Uganda Red Cross. Photo credit: Uganda Red Cross.
The LC 5 Chairman Bududa District, Wilson Watira (left) giving out relief items. Photo credit: Uganda Red Cross.

Uganda Red Cross has also upped water production in Bundibugyo  from 20,000 litres  to 40,000 litres per day, serving both Semliki and Bubukwanga camps where people internally displaced by floods are hosted. The team has also put up more bath shelters to increase and improve hygiene and sanitation.

Red Cross volunteers operate a water pump. Photo credit: Uganda Red Cross.
Red Cross workers constructing baths for the displaced people. Photo credit: Uganda Red Cross.

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