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15 Oct 2018 | 08:35 AM UTC

Uganda: Death toll from Oct. 11 Eastern region landslides rises to 41 /update 1

Uganda News Alert

Heavy rain kills at least 41 in Buduba district of the Eastern region October 11; death toll likely to increase

TIMEFRAME expected from 10/15/2018, 12:00 AM until 10/18/2018, 11:59 PM (Africa/Kampala). COUNTRY/REGION Uganda

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Event

As of Saturday, October 13, the death toll from the massive landslides that hit the Buduba district (Eastern region) on October 11 had risen to at least 41. However, a primary school in the village of Maludu is reported to have been buried under the mud and 200 children were still missing; the death toll is likely to increase as rescue operations continue as of October 15. The heavy rainfall also resulted in significant infrastructural damages (bridges and roads destroyed).

Context

The rainy season in that part of Uganda, from the capital Kampala to the Kenyan border, spans from September to December. 

Advice

Individuals are advised to monitor developments to the situation and anticipate transportation disruptions. Remember that walking or driving through running water can be dangerous - 15 cm (6 in) of running water is enough to knock over an adult - and that floodwaters may contain wastewater and chemical products; all items having come into contact with floodwaters should be disinfected and all foodstuffs discarded.

 

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