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Dozens Missing after Uganda Landslides


7Dnews London

Wed, 05 Jun 2019 19:29 GMT

The Red Cross said on Wednesday, June 5th that dozens of people were still missing after heavy rains caused landslides in eastern Uganda's Bududa district a day before, according to AFP.

"Preliminary information coming through indicates that around 150 houses could be destroyed, five people are suspected to be dead and around 50 missings," Uganda's Red Cross said in a statement. 

"Bududa experienced heavy rains that led to the landslides," the agency's communications officer, Irene Nakasiita told the agency. 

Landslides occur frequently in Bududa district which lies in the foothills of Mount Elgon, on the border between Uganda and Kenya.  

An official statement says over 100,000 people who live precariously on the slopes of Mount Elgon are believed to be in great danger and require relocation to avoid any risk from landslides. 

Local lawmaker Godfrey Watenga said the landslides had taken place late on Tuesday evening. 

"It is a tragic occurrence. Many people are said to be dead and many missing, but we are trying to get the details as the terrain here is difficult to maneuver and get to the affected villages." 

In 2018 at least 41 people were killed after a river in the region burst its banks, and in 2010 at least 100 people were killed in a landslide.