Residents of Kyambarwa village, Mahango Sub-county in Kasese District are in grief following a mudslide that on Monday 14th October 2019 killed two girls who were set to sit their Primary Leaving Examinations.
A rock is said to have hit the house where Winnie Biira, 18, and Patience Kabugo, 15, were sleeping and killed them instantly.
Two other family members survived narrowly. The incident came following heavy downpour in the area.
The Mahango Sub County chairperson, Mr Eric Maathe Muhasa, told journalists the mud gave way following a heavy downpour that started at 6:00am and lasted for more than five hours.
Mr Bakahania Baluku, the father to the deceased, said says the incident happened at about 6:00am but the news spread later at around 9:30am because it was raining heavily.
“We could not make an alarm because no one would have heard due to the heavy rain,” he said.
Nyamutidi Baluku, a neighbour who rushed to the scene shortly after hearing an alarm says it was impossible to save the girls as they were already buried under the rubble. However, the search and rescue mission is still ongoing.
In June this year, landslides hit the same region leaving over 100 people homeless after the landslides destroyed houses, crops, household items and killed livestock.