KAMPALA, Uganda, March 2 (UPI) — Landslides in Uganda’s coffee-growing district of Mbale have killed at least 50 people, officials said Tuesday.
In addition, local authorities said hundreds of people were missing after homes were washed away in Bududa district, The Wall Street Journal reported.
Officials said that at least 50 bodies were recovered Tuesday morning, expressing fears the death toll would rise because at least 300 people were missing.
“Our rescue team is on the ground,” said Judith Nabakoba, a Ugandan police spokeswoman. “We hope to find some survivors.”
Mbale is the leading coffee producing region in eastern Uganda.
People living on mountain slopes have been asked to leave the area, Uganda’s Ministry of Disaster Preparedness said. People living in low-lying, flood-prone areas have also been asked to leave.
Uganda has had above-normal rainfall this year, the Journal said. The country’s weather agency predicts heavy downpours will continue up to May.
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