At least 34 killed in mud­slides af­ter rains

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At least 34 peo­ple 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 Fri­day.

More vic­tims were likely to be found when res­cue teams ac­cess all 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 af­ter sus­tained heavy rains Thurs­day in the Bududa dis­trict. Houses were de­stroyed in at least three vil­lages, and in some cases only body parts of the vic­tims have been re­cov­ered, she said.

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

It was dif­fi­cult to es­tab­lish the num­ber of dead be­cause it had been a busy mar­ket day, law­maker God­frey Watenga Nabu­tanyi told broad­caster NTV. “Bridges are gone. Roads have been cut off.”

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