Landslides Kill 15 In Uganda

Landslides triggered by torrential rains have killed at least 23 people in eastern Uganda, as mud engulfed homes and buried entire families.

Local residents and Red Cross workers pulled 15 bodies from the rubble of Mabono village in Bulambuli district, about 270 kilometres north-east of Kampala, Red Cross spokeswoman Catherine Ntabadde said.

Two people were rescued in Mabono, but eight others were confirmed dead following a mudslide in a second village in the same area, Ms Ntabadde added.

She said the death toll could rise.

“We have sent teams to the affected areas and there are chances that more people will be found there,” Ms Ntabadde said.

Recent heavy rains in eastern Uganda has also caused flooding and displaced hundreds of families in the region.

Earlier this month, at least seven people were killed in a landslide in a village in north-eastern Uganda.

In one of the worst natural disasters to hit the east African region in years, some 350 people were killed last year when a mudslide swept through a village in the country’s eastern Mount Elgon region.