Trócaire's partners assessing damage from Uganda mudslides

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from Trócaire
Published on 03 Mar 2010 View Original
More than 300 people are feared killed after torrential rain caused a series of landslides in a mountainous region in Uganda's east.

More than 300 people are feared killed after torrential rain caused a series of landslides in a mountainous region in Uganda's east.

Rescuers are digging through the mud on the slopes of Mount Elgon with small tools as diggers cannot reach the area.

More than 80 deaths have been confirmed, with at least 250 more people still missing.

A team of Tróaire's partners from the international Caritas federation is assessing the needs of the communities affected. The area is very hard to reach and the Ugandan military have been using helicopters to access the communities that are affected.

Our partners have worked with the Diocese of Tororo and had already been doing an emergency food intervention in that area prior to these slides. They are well placed to respond through the local Church structures