Uganda reports 8 deaths in Kisoro landslides

At least 8 people died in the southwestern Ugandan district of Kisoro after their homes were buried in a mudslide triggered by torrential rains, the Red Cross said on Wednesday, as emergency workers and local residents shoveled through the mud in search of bodies.

Six of the eight people were members of one family whose house got buried due to the landslide.

Pelting rains are currently affecting Uganda and other East African countries, an intense atmospheric phenomenon that meteorologists attribute to climate change, which is driven by excessive carbon dioxide emissions by industrialized countries.

Abel Bizimana, a Kisoro District senior official, said climate change and poor farming and soil management practices were to blame for the landslide.

Source: Lao News Agency