Police: Landslides in Uganda kills 70

March 2, 2010 7:37:47 AM PST
A Ugandan official says landslides in a mountainous region have buried three villages and killed at least 70 people with 250 still missing. District chairman Wilson Watira says the overnight landslides barreled into three villages, swamping houses, stores and at least one school. Watira says by late Tuesday officials had recovered 70 bodies but that hundreds more people were missing.

The landslides occurred 170 miles (275 kilometers) east of the capital, Kampala, near Bududa. The area has long suffered from landslides but rarely has the death toll been so high.

Police and army forces were working to recover bodies in the remote villages, which officials said were a three-hour walk from a main highway.