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Fifty bodies found in landslide in eastern Uganda

English.news.cn   2010-03-02 20:48:23 FeedbackPrintRSS

KAMPALA, March 2 (Xinhua) -- Rescue workers have found 50 bodies of victims in a landslide on Monday night in a hilly area in eastern Uganda, a Uganda Red Cross (URC) spokesperson said here on Tuesday.

Catherine Ntabadde, the spokesperson of URC, told Xinhua on telephone that the government has sent troops to assist the rescue operation currently dominated by police and civilians.

According to her, about 350 people are feared dead in the accident while the district official earlier put it at 120.

The landslide following torrential rains occurred at about 21: 00 PM, local time (1800 GMT) on Monday, destroying 85 homesteads at Nametsi village, Bukalasa sub-county, Bududa district.

Wanjusi Wasieba, the Bududa Resident District Commissioner said the rescue operation is being hampered by the poor terrain in the area which is barely accessible by vehicles.

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