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Ugandan floods may lead to deadly landslides

Recent torrential downpours in eastern Uganda leave over 10,000 people at risk of landslides, the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) and Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS) told IRIN.

URCS Secretary-General Richard Nataka said that there have already been small landslides in the Bumwalukani village and the Bulucheke village in Bududa District last week where eight people were injured.

"No [fewer] than 10,000 people are at risk in eight districts around Mt. Elgon," Martin Owor, Commissioner for Disaster Preparedness and Management in the OPM, told the news source. "We are reminding people to move to safer locations because the landslides are already occurring."

Bududa was the location of the deadly landslides in March 2010 that killed 300 people and displaced thousands more as they fled their homes in the mountain villages, according to the news source.

Along with the displacement concerns, OPM officials are worried that the impending problems could create bigger issues with food security and sanitary needs over the next few weeks.

"The current rains have also raised water, sanitation and hygiene challenges, including the risk of cholera," Nataka told the news outlet.

To combat these growing concerns, the OPM is asking for continued support from humanitarian groups to try and prevent such issues from occurring.
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