A mother has given birth at the community school in Mbale district, after being displaced by landslides.
Irene Namboze, 47, a resident of Bunyango village, Busano parish in Mbale district gave birth to a baby girl at Bunyango Community Primary School, where she was taking shelter, after the recent landslides that destroyed homes, crops, and animals in Bugisu sub-region on November 13, afternoon.
There are about one hundred homeless people who escaped the landslides with only their lives now camped in the particular school. Thirty-seven of the destitute people are adults and the majority are children.
Rosemary Nambuya, the Village Health Team (VHT) Bunyango Village, who delivered the landslide victim, says the mother’s labor started at midnight, as of Tuesday, in a very unconducive environment, giving birth at around 3am on Wednesday morning.
Nambuya, explains that, there was nothing to use to deliver the mother, no nearby health facilities and the roads were impassable.
Caroline Wanyenze, an elder who is attending to the mother says the victim has been feeding on porridge with her baby since the havoc started, to date.
Benard Weswa, the Parish councilor Bunyango, says, the community has collected some little money to help mother and baby for now.
“The contribution is just to help the baby survive but not even enough, especially now that it is cold and the baby has no warm clothes,” Weswa told URN.
Helen Nabuyi, a teacher, at Bunyago community primary school, says since the victims took shelter at the school, they are facing hard times during time for classes, for they keep shifting their small beddings in and outside the classrooms, to allow learning continue.
Many people have been killed by landslides over the past 10 years and most of the deaths were registered in Bududa District, which sits on the slope of Mt Elgon.