Land­slide kills 31 in east­ern Uganda

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KAMPALA: At least 31 peo­ple were killed when a flood­wa­ters trig­gered by a land­slide swept de­bris through a town in east­ern Uganda, de­stroy­ing homes and bury­ing live­stock, a govern­ment of­fi­cial said on Fri­day.

The land­slide, which fol­lowed heavy rains, struck Bukalasi, sit­u­ated on the slopes of Mount El­gon, on Thurs­day af­ter­noon.

“Most of the peo­ple were caught at the mar­ket, the land­slide pushed huge boul­ders into a river which burst its banks and the wa­ter swept away the peo­ple,” said Com­mis­sioner for Dis­as­ter Pre­pared­ness and Man­age­ment Martin Owor.

A pic­ture tweeted by Uganda Red Cross showed up­rooted and twisted trees. The aid agency said both “an­i­mals and peo­ple were swept away in this dis­as­ter.”

Re­lief teams were comb­ing the area to search and res­cue sur­vivors, Owor said.

“There are peo­ple who were dis­placed and they need shel­ter, food and all other sup­port and we’re mov­ing that re­lief to the area,” he said.

The rainy sea­son in that part of Uganda, about 250 km (155 miles) from the cap­i­tal Kampala and close to the Kenyan bor­der, runs from Septem­ber to De­cem­ber.

An avalanche in the same area in 2010 killed at least 80 peo­ple.

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