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Hundreds missing after Uganda landslide

Tuesday, June 26, 2012 - 01:16

June 26 - A mudslide buries several settlements in eastern Uganda, killing at least 18 people and leaving hundreds missing. Travis Brecher reports.

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The aftermath of a deadly mudslide in Uganda on Monday. At least 18 people were killed after an avalanche buried several settlements in a coffee-growing area near the border with Kenya. Hundreds of people are still missing. One Red Cross field officer said nearby Mount Elgon poses a constant - and serious - threat of landslides. (SOUNDBITE) (English) UGANDA RED CROSS FIELD OFFICER, MICHAEL NATAKA, SAYING: "This area is under risk and the Mount Elgon area has had so many places with cracks, so each time there is a rainfall for a while, this water just seeps into these cracks and then eventually the landslide happens." Landslides caused by heavy rains are common in eastern Uganda. Just last year, at least 23 people were killed after their homes were buried in mud. In 2010, a similar disaster claimed scores of lives. Travis Brecher, Reuters

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Hundreds missing after Uganda landslide

Tuesday, June 26, 2012 - 01:16