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Landslide Blocks Kapchorwa - Bukwo Road for 9 Hours

Geofrey Chemonges, a resident of Kamulago village said the soil mixed with big rocks fell covering a distance of 500metres of the road section which is under construction by the China State Construction Engineering Limited.
19 Aug 2022 11:38
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Traffic on Kapchorwa - Suam - Bukwo road was suspended for ten hours starting Thursday afternoon after a landslide blocked the road with huge boulders over a stretch of half a kilometre.

The landslide occurred at around 3pm in Kamulagop villages of Kamet sub-count in Bukwo district after a heavy downpour that loosened the soil and released the rocks.

Geofrey Chemonges, a resident of Kamulago village said the soil mixed with big rocks fell covering a distance of 500metres of the road section which is under construction by the China State Construction Engineering Limited.

"Thank God that people were not moving on the road otherwise it would have killed people," he said.

Even the Bukwo Resident District Commissioner, Samuel Mpimbaza Hashaka was among the few peole in the vicinity at the material time and narrowly missed being hit by the falling rocks. 

"I had gone to that place with some local people to monitor the Parish Development Model activities and we quickly moved away on seeing how the rain that caused landslide in that area was progressing," he said.

Another lucky survivor, Ruth Chelangat who lives in the area said the landslide occurred just after her removing her animals that she tethered in the affected site!

"I would have been dead with my animals by now because I removed my cows from that place after seeing rains becoming much, immediately I left the place the soil with big stones rolled down seriously," she said.

Saul Cherop, a driver in Bukwo told URN that they had to wait for Chinese machines to remove the soil.

"We sat in the place for about ten hours because there was no way of crossing," he said.

Sebei region which is part of Mt Elgon has been experiencing landslides that has left many dead every year whenever it rains.

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