Uganda Mudslides Leave Hundreds Dead
Hundreds feared dead in Uganda landslides
300 feared dead; more slides expected as heavy rains continue
msnbc.com news services, March. 2, 2010
KAMPALA, Uganda - Landslides in a mountainous region have buried three villages and killed at least 70 people with 250 still missing and feared dead, a Ugandan official said Tuesday.
District chairman Wilson Watira said the overnight landslides barreled into three villages, swamping houses, stores and at least one school.
By late Tuesday, officials had recovered 70 bodies but that hundreds more people were missing.
The villages are in the eastern Bududa district on the foothills of Mount Elgon. The slides followed a seven-hour downpour.
"The landslides are expected to continue as the rains intensify in the region," Tarsis Kabwegyere, minister for disaster preparedness, told Reuters.
A reporter who spent the morning at one village said 48 bodies had been recovered so far.
"There's a lot of panic on the ground because people still hear cracking up in the mountains and huge stones rolling downwards," he told Reuters.
Kabwegyere said a government response team was on the ground with food and the Red Cross had sent doctors. Police and volunteers were also helping in the rescue.
Parts of Uganda and neighboring Kenya have had sustained rainfall over much of the past two months, which is usually a dry period between rainy seasons.
The Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this report.