Landslides in a mountainous region of Uganda killed at least 43 people overnight and left more than 100 others missing in the East African nation, a police commander said on Tuesday.

The landslides occurred about 170 miles (275 kilometers) east of the capital, Kampala, in the mountainous region of Bududa. The area has long suffered from landslides but rarely has the death toll been so high.

Police and rescuers headed to the site early Tuesday, said Joel Aguma, a regional police commander.

Mr. Aguma said at least 43 people had been killed in the landslides but said the death toll could be even higher.

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