At least 34 killed in mudslides after rains
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.”