Uganda’s weather dept warns of more devastating rains

KAMPALA (XINHUA) – Uganda’s weather department yesterday warned that the country is going to continue receiving torrential rains, which will peak in mid-May and gradually wane down with a possibility of stretching into next month.

Uganda National Meteorological Authority said in its May rainfall outlook the rains are likely to have devastating effects like landslides in the mountainous areas like Elgon, Rwenzori and Kigezi highlands among others.

The weather department said authorities also need to monitor the increasing water levels in most water reservoirs such as lakes, rivers and streams.

“Cases of lightning are still probable in most areas of the country hence contingency measures should be put in place to avoid loss of lives and property,” the outlook showed.

“Increased rainfall might cause high risks of flooding especially in low lying areas and urban centres with poor drainage systems,” it added.

On the positive side, the state-owned agency said water harvesting is encouraged so that enough water is stored for home and irrigation use during periods of scarcity.