Uganda mudslide: About 100 missing

2012-06-26 15:13
The Morro do Bumba area is seen after a landslide buried homes in the Niteroi neighbourhood of Rio de Janeiro. (Felipe Dana, AP)

The Morro do Bumba area is seen after a landslide buried homes in the Niteroi neighbourhood of Rio de Janeiro. (Felipe Dana, AP)

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Bududa - Villagers say that about 100 people — mostly children — are missing after a massive mudslide destroyed three villages in eastern Uganda.

Rescue workers and villagers on Tuesday dug by hand through the layers of silt. Many said the search was hopeless because the simple hand tools were incapable of finding the dead.

Musa Eweru, an official with the Ministry of Disaster Preparedness, said the government was hiring bulldozers to move the quickly hardening mud. The landslides were triggered on Monday afternoon by heavy rain.

Officials said they were not yet ready to give a death toll. But residents like Alice Bunyolo said close to 100 people, mostly children, were missing. Bunyolo said her brother lost a wife and two children.

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