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Tragic landslide in Uganda claims many lives

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An unstoppable river of mud in Uganda has claimed the lives of over 80 people in a devastating landslide sparked after a seven hour downpour.

Homes made of mud and wattle offered little resistance to the powerful force as the landslide brushed aside a village in its path.

Villagers dug with their bare hands in their desperate search for survivors. The government has has been co-ordinating medical aid and food.

“A number of children going to school have also been buried, people who were in church were buried, people at Nameti trading, I mean health centre, were buried including health staff and patients who were there. And what is worrying us most is that the rains are continuing,” explained
Fred Mukeni, Member of Parliament for Bududa

Those rains are concentrated in the east of the country. The landslide engulfed a village in the Bududa region on the foothills of Mount Elgon.

As many as 300 people are feared to have been buried. Survivors talked of hearing rumbling from the top of the hills and seeing huge rocks tumbling down the mountain side. Conditions continue to hamper rescue efforts.