Landslides in Bududa, Eastern Uganda: Preliminary assessment and proposed solutions

Yuri Gorokhovich, Shannon Doocy, Felix Walyawula, Andrew Muwanga, Fernando Nardi

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Abstract

Severe rains at the beginning of March in eastern Uganda caused fatal landslide in village Nametsi, district Bududa. On March 1st 300 people were missing or dead as the result of this event. More than 8,000 people from nearby villages were evacuated in UN funded temporary camp in Bulucheke. Results of preliminary assessment of the landslide situation showed development of new scarp within 300 m from the head of the Nametsi landslide. Absence of drainage systems, steep slopes and changes of the land cover exacerbate the potential for new landslides and will lead to new disasters in the future. Bududa area is known for Arabica coffee plantations that provide cash and jobs to local residents. Establishment of a simple monitoring system and education of local population regarding mitigation measures will reduce the risk of future disasters and provide better and safe environment for the coffee production. This will also lead to the reduction of poverty in the area and creating a potential for the future economic growth.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationLandslide Science and Practice
Subtitle of host publicationGlobal Environmental Change
Pages145-149
Number of pages5
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2013
Event2nd World Landslide Forum, WLF 2011 - Rome, Italy
Duration: Oct 3 2011Oct 9 2011

Publication series

NameLandslide Science and Practice: Global Environmental Change
Volume4

Other

Other2nd World Landslide Forum, WLF 2011
CountryItaly
CityRome
Period10/3/1110/9/11

Keywords

  • Assessment
  • Bududa
  • Landslides
  • Uganda

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Earth-Surface Processes

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