Red Cross says 34 now confirmed dead in Bududa landslides

Locals gather as rescue exercise continues. Photo credit: Matooke Republic

Bududa – Dozens are still missing after deadly landslides in Bududa district on Thursday afternoon.

A fresh report from Uganda Red Cross Society official, 34 people have been counted dead as of today.

Irene Nakasita – Uganda Red Cross Society’s public relation officer, says more deaths are expected as rescue operation continues.

“We expect more deaths as hundreds of locals can’t be traced. Some are pupils of Suume primary school in Namalila village where classrooms were washed away,” she said Friday.

Meanwhile, relief items have left Kampala [Office of the Prime Minister] for Bududa, both URCS and an officer in charge disaster have confirmed.

“On Sunday, tarpaulins, soaps, kitchen appliances, blankets, and other assorted items will be distributed to the survivors after assessment,” Nakasita added.

Also, Martin Owor, a commissioner in charge disaster preparedness and management in the office of the Prime Minister, the Thursday incident was one of the deadliest and among 67 disasters this year.

He further announced that the victims will also be given phoso, beans, among many donations.

On Thursday afternoon, dead toll was announced at 17 – a sharp increase was later announced on Friday.

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