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Uganda Red Cross delivers relief items after landslides ravaged 24 villages in Bulucheke

Uganda Red Cross has delivered relief items ti families affected by landsides in Bududa District (PHOTO /Uganda Red Cross)

BUDUDA — Uganda Red Cross has Thursday October 21 reached out with relief aid to the families affected by landsides in Bududa district.

Uganda Red Cross was responding after two landslides that occurred early Thursday morning in Bulucheke sub-county and in Sironko leaving crops destroyed but no human life lost.

In a statement issued last week, Uganda Red Cross Society indicated that crops and water sources had been destroyed, communication networks interrupted and homes abandoned after cracks appeared in the ground.

“Some of the affected families are being housed in neighbouring villages with others camping at Munyende trading centre and Nafunani Primary School,” the statement read.

 

The Red Cross has warned that the area still faces risks and that hilltops and valleys are not safe for settlement because the soil is loose.

Uganda Red Cross delivers relief items to affected families

The nonfood relief items delivered to the district on Thursday October 21, targets to support 200 most vulnerable families with a total population of 1200 people—all selected by local leadership, according to Uganda Red Cross.

Each family has received a nonfood kit composed of two 2 Jerricans, tarpaulin of 4*6 meters, 2 blankets, 2 mosquito nets, one bar of soap, Water, purification tabs, cups and plates.

Each family has received a nonfood kit composed of two 2 Jerricans, tarpaulin of 4*6 meters, 2 blankets, 2 mosquito nets, one bar of soap, Water, purification tabs, cups and plates.

Other items include cooking pans, serving ladle, sleeping mats, solar lamps menstrual hygiene management kits for women and girls.

Bududa District Woman Member of Parliament, Agnes Nandutu who presided over the distribution exercise at Bulucheke play ground commended Red Cross for working closely well with th district and the office of the Prime Minister to respond to disasters in Bududa and other parts of the country that are experiencing life threatening emergencies.

“Uganda Red Cross is one of the agencies that the office of the Prime Minister works with closely to mitigate, and manage disasters in this country. I am happy to note that whenever there are disasters in Bududa, Red Cross is among the first entities on ground to support the district to conduct assessments, rescue the affected and save lives. We have been together since the 2010 disasters, up to day. We have also seen the Red Cross in other emergencies such as responding to road traffic accidents, COVID-19 among other emergencies. Thank you and continue with the good work”.

Nandutu also appreciated the Red Cross for the relief delivered to the people of Bududa and promised to continue working together to deliver more support in an efficient and effective way through fast tracking the National Disaster Law which the Red Cross is working on together with the Government of Uganda.

Bududa District Woman Member of Parliament Agnes Nandutu presided over distribution of relief items

On his part, Robert Kwesiga, Uganda Red Cross Secretary appreciated the Office of the Prime Minister, and the district leadership for working with the Red Cross through the grass root structures to ensure that there is a working disaster management committee that aims at strengthening emergency response for timely arrest of life threatening emergencies.

“We are happy that no life was lost in this big landslide because of the early warning system that works through the structures we have set up in Bududa and the entire mountain Elgon region. We thank the district and the office of the Prime Minister for appreciating our approach to community preparedness. This is helping us to build resilient communities. Let’s continue strengthening the systems for a better response mechanism and stronger communities.”

“Our ultimate goal is to save lives. Giving us an opportunity like today to offer support to those affected by disasters in any way is part of an enabling environment for us to fulfill our mandate. Special thanks to the partners involved in our bigger response,” Mr. Kwesiga added.

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