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Namisindwa District Environment Officer Stella Watsemba says that the mudslides have swept through Bupoto, Buwabwala, Bumbo, Mukoto, Tsekululu sub-counties and Namisindwa town council, affecting 75 per cent of the district.
05 Feb 2020 12:44
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Fresh mudslides have  triggered fear among residents of Namisindwa District. The fear followed a series of mudslides that hit the district over the weekend in the aftermath of a heavy downpour in which two lives were lost.

Namisindwa District Environment Officer Stella Watsemba says that the mudslides have swept through Bupoto, Buwabwala, Bumbo, Mukoto, Tsekululu sub-counties and Namisindwa town council, affecting 75 per cent of the district.

The most affected are residents of Kaboole, Butinga, Taaso, Namwela, Kimwanga, Bukombi villages in Bukhoko Sub County and Kamonge, Kichangale, Mulemani, Sosi, Kiswayi and Mutongo.     

Watsemba says that the mudslides have washed homes displacing hundreds of people as well as destroying crop gardens and roads and bridges. She says that they have alerted the Office of Prime Minister for support because the district has limited resources to help the affected people.

Eliot Wanikina, a resident of Kaboole village says he was left homeless by the mudslides, which occurred on Saturday. 

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Cue out…akonele wayena ta”//   

Stephen Chichei, another resident says the mudslides were triggered by heavy rains that filled river Kamonge River, which burst its banks. He says that the bridges connecting the parish to other places such as schools have been cut off, saying learners cannot access Kaboole Primary school.    

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Cue out…are cut off”//      

Joseph Chichemuli, the Kaboole Parish LC II chairperson, says the rains that started on Sunday afternoon have caused havoc in the area. He says that over 2,000 people have been affected by the mudslides and are suffering without food, shelter and other basic needs.      

 

//Cue in; “Efula yesile…  

Cue out…ku kwisula”//  

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