Floods in Uganda: 16 deaths from heavy rains that cause landslides

Most of the bodies recovered were women and children, the Red Cross said. Six people were also injured and are receiving treatment at a local hospital, Red Cross spokesperson Irene Nakasiita tweeted.
At least 24 dead in Uganda floods, officials say

Rescuers shoveled through the mud in search of survivors. The district of Kasese, where the disaster occurred, is subject to landslides, especially during the rainy season, because it is located at the foot of the Rwenzori mountains that straddle the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo.

After a prolonged drought, heavy rains have fallen on much of Uganda since the end of July, causing deaths and flooding and the destruction of crops, homes and infrastructure.

In July, floods caused by heavy rain killed at least 24 people in the district of Mbale in eastern Uganda.

The country’s meteorological agency had warned it would be hit by unusually heavy and destructive rains in the August-December season and advised people living in mountainous areas to exercise caution or evacuate to safer areas.

Many parts of Uganda are prone to flooding after heavy rains, but the entire country is vulnerable to natural disasters.
According to a report by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, more than 300,000 people have been affected by floods and landslides in the eastern and western regions of Uganda. An estimated 65,000 people have been displaced, the report adds.