Tragedy! Ten dead, Several Others Missing As Fresh Landslides Hit Kasese District

Tragedy! Ten dead, Several Others Missing As Fresh Landslides Hit Kasese District

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By Spy Uganda

Kampala: At least ten people have been confirmed dead after fresh landslides hit Kasese at around 4 am on Wednesday morning.

According to the Uganda Red Cross spokesperson, Irene Nakasiita, the landslides affected homes at Kasika village, Rukoki sub-county leaving several people buried.

”Death toll rises to 10 in Kasese landslide disaster response action teams together with local authorities & community responders continue to support search and rescue efforts. 18 were reported missing early morning. 6 injured, referred to St. Paul’s Hospital” Nakasiita said

She further noted that the Uganda Red Cross response team is still on the ground working with local authorities and other responders in the community to search for the other missing persons.

Nakasiita warned that such disasters might be on the increase in this month due to the expected heavy rains around the country.

The Red Cross spokesperson said they have in the past issued an early warning that a number of areas including Kasese are at risk of landslides due to heavy rains.

“We continue to do community sensitization and rescuing in case of any emergencies or disasters recorded in any part of the country.

Kasese district has been experiencing floods and landslides during the rainy months of the year.

These have left scores dead, houses washed away, other property destroyed and thousands displaced.

The situation has been exacerbated by some locals who use poor farming methods, especially those living in hilly areas making their areas prone to disaster.

The Uganda National Meteorological Authority recently warned that Rwenzori sub region which takes charge of the districts of Kasese, Bundibugyo, Ntoroko, Kabarole and Bunyangabu is currently in the middle of the seasonal rainfall that they said will continue until mid to late November.

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