Bulambuli Residents Link Landslide To Superstition

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Residents of Bulambuli district are claiming that the recent landslide that hit the area could have been caused by supernatural forces.

Residents of Bulambuli district are claiming that the recent landslide that hit the area could have been caused by supernatural forces.

The fear of superstition having a hand in the tragedy stem from the bizarre incident in which sixteen members of one family were killed in two separate landslides. The family members were in different sub-counties at the time of the landslides.

Jasper Masiga, a resident of Mabono village died together with his entire family, which included grandchildren during the August 29 landslide that hit the village.

Five other members of his family, who had gone for a visit in nearby Sisiyi Sub County, also perished in another landslide which happened there on the same night.

Now the locals are wondering whether it was a coincidence, supernatural.

The local leaders are equally puzzled by how members of the same family could be killed on the same day by two different landslides from different places.

Namono Nabende, the Bulambuli Resident District Commissioner says the incident has left the residents seeking more answers.

Nabende explains that the death of members of one family from two separate landslides in different places made rescue workers and journalists to come up with a high death toll.
 
He says the confusion made the Uganda Red Cross Society and a section of the media to put the death toll at 29 and 43 respectively because the locals had earlier picked the bodies from one sub-county and taken them to another for a joint vigil but they were still being counted differently.

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Nabende says government did a roll call of residents in the affected areas and discovered that only 26 people died in the tragedy not 43 as was reported by a section of the media.

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The RDC also appeals to government and humanitarian organizations to come to the rescue of survivors by giving them emergency food and tents for shelter. He says the condition for the affected people is terrible as they spend nights in the cold.
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