By Associated Press - Tuesday, August 30, 2011

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — The death toll from landslides that buried homes in an eastern district of Uganda has risen to 40, an official said Tuesday.

Regional information officer Ken Mabisi said the Red Cross and other volunteers still were digging for bodies in the Bulambuli district. He said the Red Cross also had started distributing essential household items to some surrounding communities whose crops and houses were destroyed in Monday’s landslides.

The government on Monday said 29 people were killed.

The landslides followed heavy rainfall in the Bulambuli district, 167 miles east of Kampala, the capital.

Last year, more than 300 people were killed by landslides in the Bududa district in eastern Uganda. Two weeks ago, seven people were killed by landslides in Uganda’s northeastern Karamoja region.

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