34 die in Uganda mud­slides

DNA (Daily News & Analysis) Mumbai Edition - - FRONT PAGE - —AP

Kam­pala: At least 34 peo­ple have died in mud­slides trig­gered by tor­ren­tial rains in a moun­tain­ous area of east­ern Uganda that is prone to such disasters, a Red Cross of­fi­cial said on Fri­day.

More vic­tims are likely to be dis­cov­ered when res­cue reams ac­cess all the af­fected ar­eas in the foothills of Mount El­gon, said Red Cross spokes­woman Irene Nakasi­ita.

Peo­ple were killed by boul­ders and chunks of mud rolling down hills fol­low­ing a sus­tained pe­riod of heavy rains on Thurs­day af­ter­noon in the district of Bududa. Houses were de­stroyed in at least three vil­lages, and in some cases only body parts of the vic­tims have been re­cov­ered from the mud, she said.

“We ex­pect the death toll to in­crease as some peo­ple are still miss­ing,” she said. “It’s re­ally bad.”

—REUTERS

Flood in Bududa, Uganda

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