Heifer International Uganda country staff are reported safe after heavy rains triggered several landslides in the Bugisu sub-region of eastern Uganda, burying the villages of Namaaga and Bunakasala. Work to determine the impact on communities we serve in this region is under way and will be shared as soon as we know details.

The Uganda Red Cross Society, which has sent a team of volunteers to assess the overall situation, has so far confirmed 18 dead and nine injured. Efforts continue today in search of survivors and to establish the number of people affected.

This is the third time eastern Uganda has been hit by deadly mudslides in three years. In 2011, Buududa district was declared a disaster area after landslides injured eight people and left 420 others homeless. In March 2010, at least 100 people were killed and more than 400 people displaced after a six-hour downpour triggered landslides in several villages on the slopes of Mount Elgon.

Uganda mudslide 2011

 

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Brooke Edwards is from Little Rock, Arkansas, and started working at Heifer International in 2009 as a writer. She has a master's in social work and a bachelor's degree in psychology. She is married, a mother of two, and a wannabe urban farmer, raising her own chickens and killing most of her vegetable crops.