Friday, March 5, 2010
Hundreds Feared Dead in Uganda Landslide
Landslide Engulfs Uganda Villages Killing 86
8:35am UK, Wednesday March 03, 2010
Laura Holmes, Sky News Online
At least 86 people have died and hundreds of people are missing following a landslide in eastern Uganda.
More than 400 people are feared buried in mudslides in Uganda
Entire villages were swept away by the mudslide in the mountainous region of Bududa, which lies at the bottom of Mount Elgon.
The side of the hill began to slide after an intense seven-hour downpour.
The Ugandan Red Cross says hundreds of people are missing.
"Eighty bodies have been recovered and the missing are more than 400 now, after 100 people were reported buried in a trading centre where they had taken shelter," spokeswoman Catherine Ntabadde said.
Ugandan disaster preparedness minister Tarsis Kabwegyere said: "The landslides are expected to continue as the rains intensify in the region."
A government response team has been dispatched to deliver food aid and police volunteers are helping with the rescue operation.
The Red Cross has sent workers to provide medical assistance to those injured by the disaster.
A regional police spokesman warned that the death toll could continue to rise.