Uganda mudslides kill at least 34 people
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.
Ugandans cross a muddy river Friday in the Bududa district after torrential rain sent boulders and mud rolling down hillsides.