By Libino Byamukama
Residents of Bushunga B village were on Friday evening left in shock after a 17-year-old son was buried alive by a landslide following a heavy downpour.
The deceased has been identified as Harelimana Julius son of Ngendahimana Silver, a resident of Bushunga A village Busengo Parish Nyarubuye sub county Kisoro district.
Bushunga A village LC one chairperson Sebikali Gregory confirmed the incident and said that the deceased was killed by a landslide during last evening heavy downpour that started at around 5pm lasted for two hours. He said that the deceased was grazing goats at the time of the incident.
According to Gregory, the residents who were passing by after the rainfall saw the deceased’s goats strayed in crops and called the own in vain. The residents felt suspicious after seeing a heavy debris nearby after the rain. He said that residents started gathering at the scene and dug up the debris. They discovered and retrieved the body of the deceased late last evening.
Sebikali Gregory said that the body of the deceased was handed over to the family members and the burial is scheduled for tomorrow. He also said that the last evening downpour destroyed several crop gardens, houses and left roads from the area in sorry state.
Nyarubuye local council three chairperson Ndibyariye Ernest Bucholi described the incident of losing such a person at young age as unfortunate. He said that Bushunga B village is prone to landslides and floods due to its landscape. He also revealed that most residents spent the whole day clearing mud and debris from their homes.
Ndibyariye Ernest Bucholi said that about 50 houses from his area were buried by mudslides following the heavy downpour. He advised his residents living on a high altitude to always remain vigilant and seek shelters elsewhere in safe places during heavy downpours. End