Reports say at least 31 people have been killed when a landslide rolled down the slopes of Mount Elgon in eastern Uganda, wrecking homes and burying animals.

Commissioner for disaster preparedness and management Martin Owor said the landslide tumbled onto a small town on the mountain’s slopes on Thursday afternoon.

“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,” said Owor.

“Many more are missing, feared dead, we are reaching the peak of the second rainy season and it rained very heavily today,” he added.

The area, about 250km from the capital, Kampala, is close to the border with Kenya and is prone to landslides.

-Aljazeera