Districts Facing Severe Destruction in April-May Rains Named
The Uganda National Meteorological Authority (UNMA) is predicting more rains and destructive weather from end of March through May this year.
The body says the rains which started earlier this month are expected to continue to cause damage in parts of south western Uganda, parts of the north and central.
According to the forecast, during the March, April May, there will be Near Normal to Above Normal rainfall in the areas of Rwenzori, Kigezi, Central and the Lake Victoria basin.
Addressing press this morning, State Minister for Relief, Disaster Preparedness and Refugees Hon Esther Davinia Anyakun listed a number of districts that should expect disaster impacts in the coming weeks
“We, therefore, should expect flooding and waterlogging in the low-lying areas and parts of lower slopes of Mt. Elgon, Butaleja, Butebo, Rubanda and Kasese.This is likely to lead to destruction of farmland and crops.” She spoke
The minister also says there might be landslides and mudslides, as well as increased soil erosion in highland areas in the Elgon, Rwenzori and Kigezi.
“Hailstorms at the onset of rains may cause destruction in the Districts of Kibaale, Sembabule, Ibanda, Bukomansimbi, Rakai, Isingiro, Mbarara, Mitooma, Tororo. Increased incidences of crop pests and diseases such as Fall Army Worm. Additionally, there is also an increased likelihood of water-related diseases such as cholera, typhoid, dysentery and malaria.
Communities on the steep slopes of Elgon and Rwenzori highland areas have been advised to be on high alert and where possible, relocate to host families in safer areas.
Other districts prone to lightening have also been advised to install lightning arresters on public and private buildings.
These include Bushenyi, Mitooma, Kibaale, Kyegegwa, Nwoya, Amuru, Lira, Kalangala, Busia, Tororo and Bugiri.
The Minister also appealed to drivers, cyclists and pedestrians to avoid crossing flooded sections of roads carelessly.
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