‘When the landslide happened most of the children were at school and many people were at the market. It was unclear how many people had been hit.’
George Matia is the local community leader in the Bududa district in Uganda. A member of Bunwalukani Parish was high on the hillside on the day the landslide happened, who saw the crack appear in the morning and informed the village elders. George then reported it to the local authorities. A few hours later, thousands and thousands of tonnes of earth shifted. A river of mud ran down the hillside for approximately half a kilometre, burying some families and forcing many others from their homes.
A ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) has been assessing the need in the area. 4,000 people have been affected in the villages of Bunakasala and Bunamulembwa. Some families have had their homes swept away; many have been evacuated; and hundreds more households have been deemed at risk.
‘There is a great need for emergency shelter for these families,’ said SRT member Fiona McElroy (UK). ‘In one family both parents lost their lives in the disaster and six children are now orphaned.’
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