A massive mudslide caused by heavy rains, and exacerbated by over cultivation of the land, killed 80 people and left hundreds missing in the village of Nameitsi, at Uganda’s eastern border with Kenya.
The calamity also buried several other villages in the region. Emergency rescue teams from the Ugandan army, Red Cross staff, and local volunteers slowly made their way through the heaps of earth, as no bulk digging machines could reach the site.
Local authorities had repeatedly warned inhabitants, mostly farmers, to leave during the season, but few did. According to locals, farmers will return to the village after the tragedy passes, as the land there is more fertile than in other areas and many have relatives nearby.