The Uganda Red Cross steps up its rescue mission at the Bududa landslide.
Written by Evans Wafula (Uganda) 2012-06-30 10:38:00 Read 478 Times
The Uganda Red Cross society has revealed that it will conduct acomprehensive assessment in the seven districts at risk of landslidesbefore relocation of people living in risky areas.
The society’s secretary general Michael Nataka says the assessmentwill help determine the kind of facilitation needed for the relocationprocess.
He says the districts to be assessed include Bududa, Sironko , ManafaBukwo , Mbale , Kween and Bulambuli .
At the same time, Mbale municipality MP Jack Wamai Wamanga has advisedgovernment to relocate people from the high risky areas to nearbyvillages where they can still go back to the hills for farming.
Wamai says it has always been hard to convince the people to vacatesuch areas because the soils are fertile and conducive for farmingwhich is their major economic activity.
Residents and survivors to the Bududa landslide say they have not lost any hope in recovering the bodies believed to have been buried under the soil in the landslides even after the first day to the arrival of the long awaited big machinery equipment bearing no results in the search mission.
The residents who had gathered at scene of the agencies recovering mission today had high hopes in recovering Nahaboya Bwaya Wabaire’s body whom they say was a pastor at the local church of protestant believed to have been buried in the soil at the lower parts of the hill with his family as they tried to escape the landslide.
The efforts to recovering him were however unsuccessful as the excavating machine could not locate the body even after searching from all the remains of his house.
The search mission continues tomorrow as the residents now have hopes in the search mission with the big and heavy machinery equipment’s arrival at the scene.