Sunday May 20 2012

Kasese landslides claim four

By Thembo Kahungu Misairi

Four people have died after torrential rains triggered landslides in Butalimuli village, Mahango Sub-county in Kasese District on Thursday night.

Three of the dead -- Belivin Mbwambale, 9, Winnie Biira, 5, and Constance Mbindule, 7 -- died after a rock hit the house they were sleeping in, according to a relative, Mr Mathias Masereka.

He said the children were sleeping when one side of their bedroom wall collapsed due to pressure that was exerted by the heaps of mud following a heavy downpour that started at 9pm and lasted for more than four hours.
Their mother, Fridina Baluku Kyamukagha, and two other children survived narrowly as they were sleeping in another room.

In another family, a seven-year-old girl died after the upper wall of their house collapsed while she was sleeping in Nyakabingo Village, Rukoki Sub-county.

The deceased is a daughter to Mr Zironi Masanduku who was not at home by the time the tragedy befell his family.
The district environment officer, Mr Augustine Koli, warned that rains are likely to cause a lot more disasters in the district because of the poor cultivation methods that have left the ground bare hence weakening the soils.

The disaster comes barely eight months after five children were killed in Mahango by another mudslide at the home of Kambale Mulemba.

Previous cases
May 2001. About four people were killed in landslides and floods in various parts of Kasese district. The landslide and wide spread floods followed heavy rains in the district.
May 2010. More than 300 people in Kisinga Sub-county left their houses due to landslides. It was the second time the parish was hit by landslides and floods in two months.
October 2011. Five members of a same family perished following a landslide that hit their house in Mahango village.