Landslides kill 29 in east Uganda

Uganda Red Cross spokeswoman Catherine Ntabadde says the Red Cross has found bodies of 6 children.

Updated: Aug 29, 2011, 21:24 PM IST

Kampala: Ugandan officials say landslides have killed at least 29 people, including children buried in their homes in an eastern district of Uganda.

Musa Ecweru, the minister of state for disaster preparedness, says rescuers have recovered 19 of the dead. He says at least 22 houses were buried in Monday`s landslide.

Uganda Red Cross spokeswoman Catherine Ntabadde says the Red Cross has found the bodies of 6 children.

The landslides came Monday after heavy rainfall in Mabono village in the Bulambuli district, 167 miles (267 kilometers) east of Kampala, Ntabadde said.

Last year over 300 people were killed by landslides in Bududa district in the eastern region of Uganda. Two weeks ago seven people were killed by landslides in Uganda`s northeastern Karamoja region.

Bureau Report