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Eight districts at risk of more landslides

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By Vision Reporters

More cracks are beginning to form on the slopes of Mountain Elgon putting communities in eight districts around the mountain at risk of more devastating landslides.

The Uganda Red Cross general secretary, Michael Nataka, named the districts as Sironko, Mbale, Manafwa, Kapchorwa, Bukwo, Bulambuli, Kween and Bududa.

Red Cross said 3,368 people in the named districts are at serious risk and need shelter. Already, the Government has directed people living on the steep areas of Bududa to relocate to low lands.

About 29 people died while 15 houses were buried in the June 25 Bududa landslides.

The State Minister for Disaster Preparedness, Musa Echweru, said experts say heavy rains in July and August could cause more landslides.

Several donations have been made to the affected people. The Korean Government gave sh123m for tarpaulins, blankets and tents and Uganda Breweries gave sh50m.

The Ministry of Health and the National Medical Stores have provided 2,000 mosquito nets, 300 pairs of gumboots, 300 jerrycans and water purifying tablets as disease prevention measures.

Seven people have reportedly died of cholera in Bududa and 210 admitted at the cholera treatment centre in Bukigayi sub-county.

(Compiled by Abou Kisige, Paul Watala, Prossy Nandudu and Wilfred Sanya)

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