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Bududa Tragedy: Landslides Bury 2 Villages, 200 Feared Dead

page geneva;”>Workers said their monthly salary had been reduced from Shs700, 000 to Shs120, 000, a move they said was “completely unacceptable.”

“The new salary structure is disheartening. Shs120, 000 is just peanuts given the rising cost of living,” said one of the employees who preferred anonymity.

The workers further accused Safi of denying them appointment letters and compelling them to work for long hours.

They vowed not to resume work until the United Nations Country manager addressed their grievances.

UN authorities recently decided to outsource cleaning services as required by the organization’s new rules.

sildenafil geneva; font-size: small;”>Three villages in Bududa District, Bulukyeke Sub County have been affected by landslides this afternoon following consistent rainfall.

According to Hon. Stephen Malinga, the Minister of Relief, Disaster Preparedness and Refugees, “No fatalities have been confirmed but there will be updates on details as they emerge.”

The minister of State for Relief, Disaster Preparedness and Refugees Hon. Musa Ecweru will be travelling to Bududa district to assess the situation.

Government is working towards ensuring that affected families receive necessary assistance in form of relief items.

Government advises all residents within the proximity to relocate to much safer areas.

4:50pm: Uganda Red Cross Society Assistant Director Communications Catherine Ntabadde says the heavy landslide buried Namaga and Bunakasala villages.

“The Uganda Red Cross Society has sent a team of volunteers to assess the situation and establish the number of people affected although local authorities have told Red Cross that there could be about 80 people in each of the villages,” said Ntabadde.

URCS Secretary General Michael Richard Nataka is also on ground to support in the conducting of a rapid vulnerability capacity assessment, according to Ntabadde.

She further states nine people have been seriously injured and referred to Bududa Hospital.

“15 houses have been confirmed buried but the Red Cross is yet to establish the actual number of people affected.”

3:50pm: Latest reports coming in from Bududa district, Eastern Uganda, indicate that massive landslides have buried over 25 homes in five villages.Scores are feared dead, according to our reporter Yusuf Masaba, who has just rushed to the scene.

The calamity occurred at around 1pm in the parish of Bumwalukani in Bulucheke Sub-County.

In March 2010, Bududa was struck by a similar disaster leaving hundreds dead.

More details and pictures will be availed shortly. Pay attention to our timeline.

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