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Landslide in eastern Uganda kills at least 34 people, dozens injured

Landslide in eastern Uganda kills at least 34 people, dozens injured

Eastern part of Uganda’s suffered from the natural disaster, the landslide killed at least 34 people on Thursday afternoon, Guardian reported.

Dozens of people have been injured and killed when a landslide rolled down the slopes of Mount Elgon in Uganda’s eastern part. The district of Bududa, about 250km from the capital, Kampala, is close to the border with Kenya and is prone to landslides. On Thursday, the natural disaster was wrecking homes and burying animals, said Martin Owor, Commissioner for Disaster Preparedness and Management. According to the local authorities, the landslide tumbled onto a small town on the mountain’s slopes.

The rescue operation has started but still many people are missing, feared dead. The emergency services say that the death toll has reached the peak of the second rainy season and it rained very heavily on Thursday.

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni wrote on Twitter that the government has dispatched rescue teams to the affected areas. Relief teams are now combing the area to search and rescue survivors, Mr Owor said. According to the relief teams, there are people who were displaced and they need shelter, food and all other support and we’re moving that relief to Bududa district.

Some of the bodies were partly covered with banana leaves by people present at the site. The government’s efforts to move vulnerable people to neighbouring districts have faced resistance from residents.