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Makerere in Drive to Support Bududa Landslide Survivors

The university staffs have launched an initiative dubbed Aid Bududa Community ABC, through which well-wishers, staff, students and alumni will be mobilized, over the next one week, to donate food and relief items to support the survivors of the tragedy,
The MUASA executive together with students at launch of Aid Bududa Community –ABC and Mak Social Action on Monday at Makerere Senior Staff Club

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Lecturers and students of Makerere University have started collecting relief items in support of landslide affected communities in Bududa, Eastern Uganda. The week-long campaign is aimed at mobilizing the university community to stand with survivors of a landslide which killed more than 40 people last week.

The tragedy occurred when River Suume, in Bududa district, burst its banks following a four-hour downpour and a landslide up the mountain that rolled big boulders through villages in Bukalasi Sub County on Thursday.

The landslide affected 139 households with a population of 695 people from the villages of Lwanda, Malandu, Namalira, Nyekhe, and Shitikho, Suume, Nnayinza, Shishambwa, Nanyenga and Bunamwamba. Also affected were the trading centres of Naposhi, Nalutumu and Wanjenuwa.

Now the university staffs have launched an initiative dubbed Aid Bududa Community – ABC, through which well-wishers, staff, students and alumni will be mobilized, over the next one week, to donate food and relief items to support the survivors of the tragedy, according to Dr Deus Kamunyu, the Chairperson of Makerere University Academic Staff Association-MUASA.

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Bududa district, located in western slopes of Mt. Elgon has become a synonymous disaster in Bududa as a result of heavy rainfall on unstable steep cultivated slopes, a trend which leads to washing down of soil and puts lives at risk.

Climate Change and Vulnerability Scientist Dr Michael Mbogga advises that communities around the slopes of Mt Elgon should engage in activities that will stabilize hill slopes and reduce activities that increase vulnerability to landslides and mudslides.

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MUASA Vice Chairperson Prof Edward Nector Mwavu observes that people in mountainous areas need to be taken through rigorous sensitization campaigns on how to sustainably use their land without inviting hazards.

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All relief items will be collected through the MUASA office located at the Senior Staff Club. However, cash donations can be sent to through the chairperson Dr Deus Muhwezi on 0772404965/0701404565, the Treasurer Dr Hussein Oria on phone number 0772945455 and the Welfare committee chairperson Arthur Mugisha on 0772636548.