At least 10 killed in Burundi landslides

Landslides in Burundi, general view of Bujumbura seen here, have killed at least 10 people after torrential rains, a local governor said Monday, revising downwards an earlier toll after eight were found alive (AFP Photo/Carl de Souza)

Bujumbura (Burundi) (AFP) - Landslides in Burundi have killed at least 10 people after torrential rains, a local governor said Monday, revising downwards an earlier toll after eight were found alive.

"It is a disaster... dozens of houses were destroyed, crops have been washed away," said Jacques Minani, governor of the Bujumbura district, some 35 kilometres (20 miles) south of the capital.

However, he revised an earlier toll of 18 dead, after saying that five of those believed killed had survived despite being swept out into Lake Tanganyika, while three others reported missing later turned up unharmed after the landslides overnight Sunday.

The 10 people killed were hit by a torrent of mud that swept into the church they were sheltering inside in the village of Rutunga, Minani added.

Mud and rocks loosened by heavy rains were swept down steep hillsides of the rural region of the small central African nation, destroying houses in its path, he said.