Landslides kill hundreds in eastern Uganda
Hundreds of people have been killed after massive landslides, triggered by heavy rains, wiped out several villages in the mountainous eastern portion of Uganda.
Monday night’s landslides buried homes in Bududa district where rescuers and volunteers have pulled at least 106 bodies out of the mud. Bududa is situated near Mount Elgon, about 275 kilometers east of the capital Kampala.
According to local authorities, around 245 people are still missing and feared dead. Those missing reportedly included some 60 children, who had sought refuge in a hospital and church which were destroyed when torrents of mud swept down on them.
The disaster engulfed three villages in the region, following more than a week of torrential rains in the vicinity.