A landslide triggered by heavy rains in eastern Uganda has killed at least 31 people, a government official said.

Martin Owor, Commissioner for Disaster Preparedness and Management said the landslides tumbled down onto a small town on the slopes of Mt Elgon on Thursday afternoon, wrecking homes and burying animals.

Most of the people were caught at the trading centre, the landslide pushed huge boulders into a river which burst its banks and the water swept away the people, Mr Owor said.

The area, located 155 miles (250 km) from the capital, Kampala and close to the border with Kenya, is prone to landslides and there have been several similar accidents in recent years.

At least 80 people died in a major avalanche in 2010.

Relief teams are now searching the area for survivors.

There are people who were displaced and they need shelter, food and all other support and we’re moving that relief to the area, Mr Owor said.

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