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Uganda stunned by mudslide disaster

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Uganda stunned by mudslide disaster


One source says nearly 110 people have died and 400 remain missing after deadly mudslides tore through three villages in Uganda.

Torrential rains had lashed the region in the mountainous east near the Kenyan border, before thousands of tons of rock and soil crashed onto the communities.

“This used to be our home. My mother died here, as did my brother, the children, everybody. Nothing is left in my life,” said Seela Wazemba.

In one village about 100 people sought refuge in a commercial centre only to be buried alive. The army has been drafted in to help with search and rescue, but there are few hopes of finding any more survivors.

The villages were in Bududa district about 40 kilometres from Mbale, where heavy rain is still falling in what has been an unusually wet start to the monsoon season. The area is extremely remote and only reachable on foot.

The Ugandan authorities say more mudslides could be on the way, and it has placed the region on alert. The president is visiting the area and has warned evacuation may be necessary.

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