March 3rd, 2010

Up to 350 feared dead in Uganda landslide

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Up to 350 people are feared dead after a mudslide swept through a mountainous region of eastern Uganda yesterday evening.

The Daily Monitor reported today that at least 50 people had been confirmed dead, but around 300 more were still missing. The Associated Press put the number of confirmed deaths at 30. The IRIN news wire said 100 children were believed to be among the dead and missing and estimates that 2,000 people have been displaced. Entire fields of crops have been destroyed.

The mudslide, trigged by heavy rains, is understood to have begun in Mount Elgon National Park, burying three villages as it swept through the Bududa district of Uganda, about 250km from Kampala.