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Deadly landslide strikes eastern Uganda

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  1. Askari Kanzu

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    Deadly landslide strikes eastern Uganda

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    Many people are feared dead after a landslide struck three villages in a mountainous region of eastern Uganda. The Ugandan Red Cross said 18 people have been confirmed dead, but expected the toll to rise as rescue efforts continue.

    In one of the villages in Bududa district, more than 15 houses were buried.

    The area lies near Mount Elgon, a major tourist attraction, which is close to the border with Kenya.

    Member of parliament David Wakikona said he was worried that many villagers had been in their homes when boulders and mud crashed down the hillside, burying people alive.

    "We don't yet understand how this all happened, but it's terrible," Mr Wakikona said. He said at least 300 people lived in the affected villages.

    The Red Cross has sent a team to the area to assess the extent of the damage and loss of life. Uganda Red Cross Secretary General Michael Richard Nataka said that nine people had been taken to hospital with injuries.

    In one village alone, he said, 15 homes had been buried and another 29 were at risk.

    At least 72 people survived the disaster as they had been at the market rather than in their homes, he said.

    The area has been experiencing heavy rains for several days.

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    Dozens people are thought to have been killed when a landslide swept away three villages on the slopes of Mount Elgon, in eastern Uganda's Bududa district, on Monday.


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    Many residents were believed to have been buried alive when boulders and mud came crashing down the hillside onto their homes, following days of torrential rain.


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    Rescue workers and volunteers used machetes and hoes in to try to reach the bodies of people buried in the landslide.
     
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    Hundreds of residents have been left homeless. Officials said they have been trying to move villagers further down the mountain and away from danger, but many are reportedly reluctant to leave.


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    Steven Malinga, Uganda's minister for disaster relief, told the BBC there is resistance to move as at people in the villages near Mount Elgon enjoy fertile ground and fewer instances of malaria.


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    The torrential rain that caused the landslide has also affected the capital, Kampala, flooding parts of the city
     
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    So sad...........
     
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    Poleni sana ndugu zetu wa Uganda.
     
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