At least 41 people were killed after a river in eastern Uganda burst its banks, sending a torrent of mud and rocks barrelling into homes, disaster officials and survivors said Friday.

Rescue teams continued picking through the rubble late Friday, searching for survivors and victims of the disaster which took place the previous day in the eastern Bududa district.

An unknown number of people remained missing.

“41 lives have been lost but they’re still going ahead digging, trying to look for whether there are other bodies in the riverbed somewhere,” said Hilary Onek, Uganda’s minister for relief, disaster preparedness and refugees.

“There are casualties up in the hills,” he added, referring to higher ground where the river burst its banks before washing away homes lower down.


Source: Seychelles News Agency