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At least 31 dead after Uganda 'landslide': official

AFP  |  Kampala 

At least 31 people have been found dead in eastern after heavy rains caused a landslide, a said Friday.

"The number of confirmed dead as of now is 31 people," for told AFP.

The disaster took place on Thursday, and also involved a river bursting its banks in the town of in the district, sending muddy water coursing through a market.

Nathan Tumuhamye, which helps communities recover from natural disasters and conflict, told AFP that "four to five villages", and possibly a primary school had been affected.

Red Cross on Thursday shared photos of the scene of what she described as a "massive landslide" on WhatsApp, including images of dismembered corpses caked in mud laid out by the river.

Some of the bodies have been partly covered with banana leaves by members of the public.

"I have received the sad of landslides wreaking havoc in District, killing a yet-to-(be)specified number of residents. The government has dispatched rescue teams to the affected areas," wrote on

district in the foothills of Mount Elgon, which lies on the border between and Kenya, is a high risk area for landslides.

At least 100 people were reported killed in a in Bududa in March 2010 and in 2012 landslides destroyed three villages.

Government efforts to move vulnerable people to neighbouring districts have faced resistance from residents.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, October 12 2018. 13:25 IST