Up to 400,000 people may require emergency shelter in Uganda’s mountainous east due to continuing heavy rains and mudslides that could force them to flee their homes. A ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) is en route to assess the situation.
Reports say the worst affected area is Bumwalukani Sub County in the Bududa district, where two villages, Namaaga and Bunakasala, have been buried by a mudslide that hit on 25 June. More than 100 people are missing and a further 30 have lost their lives.
The Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS) has been part of the rescue efforts along with the local government. Their Secretary General Michael Richard Nataka has stated in reports that as the rain intensifies, hundreds of thousands of families in the region could leave their homes due to the fear of further mudslides.
‘Three villages have been flattened in the Bumwalukani parish on the slopes of Mount Elgon,’ David Wakikona, a national member of parliament, told Reuters on 25 June. ‘The areas around Bududa district have been experiencing heavy rains for days now and I am told the landslides started around midday today and that they’re still going on and some villagers who survived the early slides are fleeing.’
SRT members David Webber (UK) and Fiona McElroy (UK) will be travelling to the African country to meet with local officials and other aid agencies to assess the need for humanitarian aid.
Mudslides are frequent in eastern Uganda. ShelterBox deployed to Uganda in March 2010, where 200 ShelterBoxes were delivered to mudslide survivors.