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Government warns of 10 days of potentially destructive heavy rains

The Uganda National Meteorological Authority (UNMA) has alerted the public that Uganda could experience heavy rain in the next 10 days, which could lead to landslides, flash floods, waterlogging, contamination of water sources, destruction of roads and bridges. , among other infrastructures.

“The first decade of May 2024 shows a continuation of wet conditions in most parts of the country, with heavy to very heavy rain expected in the southwest (in some of the areas of Kigezi and Greater Bushenyi districts), while than in the northeast, in the districts of Karamoja Subregion and neighboring Acholi subregion. Other areas expected to receive higher rainfall are the Midwest sub-region in Masindi, Kiryandongo, Kagadi and Kabarole districts) and the Elgon highlands,” UNMA announced in a brief statement.

He added: “Heavy rain is expected in parts of the South West, Mid-West, Karamoja and Acholi sub-regions in the next 10 days. “Expected potential hazards include flash floods, landslides, waterlogging, contamination of water sources, destruction of roads, washout or collapse of bridges.”

The warning comes in the wake of heavy rains in neighboring Kenya that have left nearly 200 dead, with the death toll rising rapidly.

Regions where heavy rain is expected include; South West, Mid West, Acholi and Karamoja, while districts expected to be affected include; Kisoro, Kabale, Gulu, Adjuman, Kitgum, Pader, Kotido, Kaboong, Abim, Napak, Kapelabyong among others.

Karamoja sub-region is one of the regions expected to receive heavy rainfall.

In a bid to combat the suffering that could occur as a result of these rains, the Prime Minister’s Office on Thursday sent food items worth 151,600 kg of maize flour and 75,500 kg of beans to vulnerable people in Karamoja.

Minister of State for Disaster Preparedness and Refugees Lilian Aber said the government is on high alert to respond to any disaster that may occur.

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“If it happens, the Ministry is prepared to respond. And in case the Ministry cannot respond to these problems as a single Ministry, the government has other relevant ministries that come together to support in case of such events. And even other NGOs like the Red Cross and the World Food Program that we work together to support,” he said.

Lilian Aber points out a shipment of relief goods to Karamoja

Aber added that the Prime Minister, Robinah Nabbanja, and the Minister of Disaster Preparedness and Refugees, Hilary Onek, agreed that priority be given to the Karamoja sub-region, given the challenges Karamoja faces in terms of food insecurity.

KARAMOJA ROADS CUT OFF

The Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) has issued a travel advisory to road users after several roads passing through the Karamoja sub-region were closed due to flooding in the region.

The roads affected include; Karita – Alakas – Amudat road cut in Dindinga, km 39.

UNRA advised motorists to use Amudat-Alakas Konyau-Asilong to Karita.

Other roads closed include; Apeitolim-Iriiri road cut in Losagari, km 19.

The Matany-Lokopo-Turtuko road is submerged at Turtuko, km 25.

“The alternative routes for both 2 and 3 are; Iriiri-Nadunget-Ariamoi-Lopei-Lokicher-Turtuko Apeitolim Highway. “We appeal to road users to heed traffic warnings, exercise caution and avoid using flooded road sections during this period,” UNRA announced.