Over 100 missing after Uganda landslide

June 26, 2012, Tuesday/ 23:54:00/ REUTERS

More than 100 people were missing and about 30 confirmed killed in eastern Uganda on Tuesday after a landslide the previous day buried villages in a coffee-growing area on the slopes of Mount Elgon, the government said.

On Monday, the Uganda Red Cross said at least 18 people had been killed in the disaster, but on Tuesday government officials said the number of fatalities was higher and that 109 people were still missing. Heavy rain triggered a mudslide on Monday afternoon that cut through trees and bushes, burying two villages in mud, officials said, adding that 178 people had survived. The search and rescue operation was called off on Tuesday after officials said the chances of finding any more survivors were slim.

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