Kampala: Massive landslides induced by torrential rains destroyed three villages in the mountainous district of Bududa in eastern Uganda, killing scores of people but possibly hundreds, officials said on Monday. Disaster Preparedness Minister Stephen Mallinga said it was still too early to say how many had been killed in this afternoon's landslides, but officials from Bududa said the final death toll would likely be in the hundreds.
"We are sending a rescue team down there," Mallinga said. "It's very difficult to estimate how many have been killed, but two villages are affected, and maybe more."
Witnesses said the landslides were unexpected, happening several hours after a torrential overnight downpour that at first seemed to have done little damage.
David Wakikona, a lawmaker from the region, said most people were likely indoors when huge blocks of mud and rocks started to roll down hills, toppling homes, killing livestock and burying people alive....more
10:49 PM, Jun 25, 2012