Irene Nakasiita the spokesperson of the Uganda Red Cross Society has noted that their rescue team has confirmed that 6 people including children have died in the Kisoro district landslides caused by torrential rains that started in the wee hours of Wednesday.
According to Nakasiita, on hearing the news of this disaster, their emergency response team from Kisoro was dispatched to the scene to access the situation and to also support the affected community.
“Together with the local authorities and community members, by 10 o’clock, 6 bodies of the people who died in the landslides had been exhumed. We also identified that 5 members were from one family and one person wasn’t from that family” Nakasiita further highlighted.
These were locals from Biizi and Gihuyaga village both located in Murora Sub County Kisoro district South Western Uganda.
The deceased have been identified as Omaria Gladys (25), Mucunguzi Gildas (13), Yasoni Tusihirwe (15), Nyiraneza Povia (50), Junior (17), and one Desire aged 9 years.
Uganda generally experiences two major rainfall seasons in a year with the first happening from March to May and the second from September to December.
In the Uganda National Meteorological Authority in February noted that the peak of the seasonal rains in areas of South Western Uganda that include Kisoro district will be experienced in late April and the Cessation of seasonal rains around late May to early June.
Lately, the Uganda Red Cross is joined by the village disaster management committee and the main district disaster management committee to complete rapid assessments and to also take collective decisions that will enable the affected to receive appropriate relief support.