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5 children die in their sleep in Uganda landslide, parents in another room survive

A woman searches for her missing relatives on a pile of soil in Bududa village, 228 miles east of the Ugandan capital Kampala, March 3, 2010. The landslide in eastern Uganda has killed at least 80 people and villagers are digging with bare hands and simple tools in the hope of finding survivors, a government minister and Ugandan media said on Tuesday.

A woman searches for her missing relatives on a pile of soil in Bududa village, 228 miles east of the Ugandan capital Kampala, March 3, 2010. The landslide in eastern Uganda has killed at least 80 people and villagers are digging with bare hands and simple tools in the hope of finding survivors, a government minister and Ugandan media said on Tuesday.

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — An aid official says five children in Uganda died during a landslide that hit their home as they slept, while their parents survived.

Regional Red Cross coordinator Kevin Nabutuwa said the landslide swept through the home early Saturday, burying the children as slept in their beds. The four girls and one boy ranged in age from 3 to 13.

The children's parents were sleeping in another room of the home and survived the landslide.

The district where they live, located about 175 miles (280 kilometers) east of Uganda's capital, already has suffered deadly landslides this year. In March, 300 people died in another village in Bududa district after heavy rains.