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Uganda warns of landslides and floods as rain season starts

KAMPALA Uganda (Xinhua) -- Uganda has warned that the country is likely to experience landslides and floods as the rain season starts in the last three months of this year.

Mary Kitutu, minister of state for environment told reporters on Wednesday that floods and landslides are expected in southern, northern, western and eastern regions of the country.

“We ask Ugandans to be ready and avoid loss of lives. Cases of flooding and landslides may be experienced in the mountain areas such as Buduada, Bulambuli, Bundibudyo, Kasese, Kabale, Rubanda and Kisoro districts,” the minister said.

In an earlier communication by the Office of the Prime Minister, people living in mountainous areas were told to be cautious.

The most fatal landslides in Uganda occurred in March 2010 in the eastern district of Bududa where more than 200 people were killed while thousands were left homeless.

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EARLIER REPORT:

U.S. tourist commits suicide in central Uganda

KAMPALA Uganda (Xinhua) -- A U.S. tourist on Thursday committed suicide by hanging in the central Ugandan district of Wakiso, a police spokesperson said here.

Patrick Onyango, Uganda’s deputy police spokesperson, said that Larkin Crow, a male adult from Texas allegedly committed suicide at Uganda Wildlife Education Center in Entebbe municipality, about 40 kilometers south of the capital Kampala.

“The body was found hanging with a belt around his neck outside the dormitory. The scene (was) visited by a team of detectives and scene of crime officers,” said Onyango.

The spokesperson said the police have launched investigations into the incident in the east African country.

“We are not just looking at this as a suicide case. We have launched investigations to find out exactly how and what happened before the incident,” said Onyango.

He said the body of the deceased tourist has been taken to Mulago City Mortuary in Kampala for postmortem.

             

 

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