Dozens of people are missing after heavy rains caused landslides in eastern Uganda’s Bududa district, Uganda Red Cross has said.
“Preliminary information coming through indicates that around 150 houses could be destroyed, three people are suspected to be dead and around 50 missing,” read the statement from Red Cross.
Bududa district in the foothills of Mount Elgon, which lies on the border between Uganda and Kenya, is a high risk area for landslides.
Daily Monitor reported that the rains that started at about 7pm on Tuesday night resulted into landslides at about 11:30pm. Several villages in Buwali and Bukalasi sub-countries were affected.
“I heard noise from the hill and I ran out of the house to find out what was happening. Within seconds, the rolling mud had covered the house and I could not save my daughter,” Esther Nashuwu told Daily Monitor
In 2018 at least 41 people were killed after a river in the region burst its banks, and in 2010 at least 100 people were killed in a landslide.