Last week the Bududa District of Mount Elgon, Uganda, was hit by a landslide which engulfed three villages and killed an estimated 18 people (reported by both the Uganda Red Cross Society and Uganda’s daily newspaper New Vision).
This is the third such landslide in as many years. In March 2010, following extremely heavy rains, a devastating landslide killed over 300 people in the Bududa District and a further 35 people lost their lives in August 2011.
The Uganda Red Cross Society who co-ordinated rescue efforts in the area indicate that 112 survivors have now been traced. 735 people are still displaced and are living with host families and relatives within the community. But we have heard from contacts on the ground that over 108 are still unaccounted for.
Twin has worked with partners in this coffee growing region since the 1990s and extends its sincerest sympathies to those who have lost loved ones and livelihoods.
Twin has recently piloted a climate change adaptation project on Mount Elgon with our partner organisation Gumutindo Coffee Co-operative to enhance the climate resilience of its members and the wider community, and to raise awareness about the impacts of climate change.