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December 17, 2018

Museveni sends condolences after landslide kills 31 in Uganda

President Yoweri Museveni has sent condolences to victims of a landslide that killed 31 people in eastern Uganda. /FILE
President Yoweri Museveni has sent condolences to victims of a landslide that killed 31 people in eastern Uganda. /FILE

President Yoweri Museveni has promised to look into ways of stopping disasters from occurring after a landslide killed 31 people in eastern Uganda.

"The government has dispatched rescue teams to the affected areas. I urge residents to cooperate with authorities to mitigate possible further danger," he said via Twitter on Thursday evening.

Museveni sent his condolences to those who have lost their loved ones in the catastrophe.

 At least 31 people were killed when a landslide rolled down the slopes of Mt. Elgon in eastern Uganda, wrecking homes and burying animals, a government official told Reuters on Friday.

Martin Owor, Commissioner for Disaster Preparedness and Management, said the landslide tumbled onto a small town on the mountain's slopes on Thursday afternoon.

"Most of the people were caught at the trading centre, the landslide pushed huge boulders into a river which burst its banks and the water swept away the people," Owor added.

The area, about 250 km (155 miles) from the capital, Kampala, is close to the border with Kenya and is prone to landslides, suffering a major avalanche in 2010 that killed at least 80 people.

Relief teams are now combing the area to search and rescue survivors, Owor said.

"There are people who were displaced and they need shelter, food and all other support and we're moving that relief to the area." 

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