The Pendleton Panther

Mudslide in Uganda

Posted on: March 3, 2010

The Nameitsi region of Uganda is currently recovering from a devastating mud slide that occurred Monday evening.  Over a mile of earth became dislodged and fell on the town in the torrential rains that rainy season brings.  Nameitsi is miles away from any roads, meaning that no modern digging equipment can be brought to the town and used by the aid volunteers.  In the midst of this tragedy, overpopulation and over cultivation is thought to be the cause of this loose earth.  As many as 80 bodies have been found by the Red Cross which is helping to excavate the buried town.  Unlike the recent earthquakes in Haiti and Chile, no survivors are expected to be found under the mud as suffocation claimed at least as many lives as the crushing weight of the soil.  Regardless of the chances of survival, however, the Ugandan Army and the Red Cross are hard at work to bring Nameitsi back to life.

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