By Spy Uganda
Three children are confirmed to have died after being buried alive by landslides that ravaged Nyamuhuga cell, Bulembia Division in Kasese Municipality on Wednesday.
The deceased have been identified by police as Derrick Mumbere, 3, Wesley Mumbere 10 and John Sunday Masereka aged 10.
Maureen Kabugho, a seven-year-old who was also in the room was rescued by neighbours and was taken for medication to Kilembe Mines Hospital, although he was in critical condition.
All the four children were staying in the same house with their grandparents Theresa Biira and John Tseghe, both in their 80s.
Tseghe said that “We heard the surviving girl calling for rescue and I moved out to help her but the debris was be too heavy for me to uplift.”
He added that “The heavy rains caused the wall on the children’s room to collapse, burying all the three children alive and subsequently causing their instant death.”
Modesto Masereka the father of the deceased , who stays in a house a few metres away from affected house, said he heard his father make an alarm and on arrival at the scene he found the children already buries by debris.
The incident comes just two weeks after two Primary Seven pupils were killed in another landslide in Mahango sub-county in Kasese.
Pascal Kasoke the Bulembia Division chairperson says he is afraid that his area could be hit by famine considering that the heavy rains are also destroying crops.
Kasoke appealed to humanitarian agencies to respond and offer relief to families that have lost their houses and also crops.
Former Rwenzururu Kingdom Minister for Environment and Cultural Sites Sylvester Kule Walyuba advised the residents of Kasese to desist from using rooms adjacent to cliffs as bedrooms