Landslides triggered in southwestern Uganda

Residents survey damage after the Sume river burst its banks in the eastern village of Wanjenwa, in Uganda's Bududa district late last year. The same district saw severe flooding and landslides, resulting in multiple deaths this past Tuesday. /Photo Source: VCG
The ongoing torrential rains in the southwestern Ugandan district of Kisoro are triggering landslides. /VCG

The ongoing torrential rains in the southwestern Ugandan district of Kisoro are triggering landslides, displacing people, and destroying houses and crops, a local relief agency said Saturday.

According to a spokesperson of the Uganda Red Cross Society, houses were destroyed in Rubuguri Town Council.

The landslides came after heavy rains in the eastern part of the country caused floods, killing at least 24 people and displacing thousands.

In southwestern and eastern Uganda, mountainous areas occasionally experience landslides during the rainy season.

According to official estimates, floods affected over one million people in 2021.