Uganda mud­slides kill at least 34 peo­ple

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - INTERNATIONAL - — COMPILED BY DEMO­CRAT-GAZETTE STAFF FROM WIRE RE­PORTS

KAM­PALA, Uganda — At least 34 peo­ple died in mud­slides trig­gered by tor­ren­tial rain in a moun­tain­ous area of eastern Uganda that is prone to such disasters, a Red Cross of­fi­cial said Fri­day.

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

Peo­ple were killed by boul­ders and chunks of mud rolling down hills af­ter a sus­tained pe­riod of heavy rain 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.

A river that runs through the area burst its banks, de­stroy­ing a bridge and threat­en­ing set­tle­ments nearby, ac­cord­ing to Martin Owor, a gov­ern­ment com­mis­sioner in charge of disas­ter man­age­ment.

At least 31 bodies had been iden­ti­fied, Owor said.

AP/RON­ALD KABUUBI

Ugan­dans cross a muddy river Fri­day in the Bududa dis­trict af­ter tor­ren­tial rain sent boul­ders and mud rolling down hill­sides.

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