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We can and should avoid accidents caused by rains

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Added 16th May 2019 04:45 PM

The Baganda have often cherished the rains on the assumption that where it rains, there is obviously plenty of maize growing, meaning that food security is guaranteed.

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The Baganda have often cherished the rains on the assumption that where it rains, there is obviously plenty of maize growing, meaning that food security is guaranteed.

 
By Emilian Kayima
 
Finally, the heavens have opened and it no longer rains but pours as the English say.
 
The Baganda have often cherished the rains on the assumption that where it rains, there is obviously plenty of maize growing, meaning that food security is guaranteed.
 
True, related insecurity directly linked to the theft of foodstuffs tends to go down with the advent of the said rains, resulting in the real food security we all cherish.
 
Equally, it is important to think about the accidents that come as a result of the rains. These often manifest in forms of drowning and electrocution. Some rains are violent and sweep away houses, damaging property and causing injury, death, and destruction. Those that stay in areas that are prone to flooding know it. Others, especially the eastern part of Uganda suffer destructive landslides while many more get entangled in loss of property sometimes in huge magnitudes.
 
Back in the day when we were growing up while tending to cows and calves, we could welcome the rains through some funny form of swimming in swamps with less or no precautionary measures at all. We were reckless and naive. This dirty water could cause irritation leading to skin diseases.
 
In some parts of the country, waterlogged areas cause some ailments, including malaria. Children love water and playing in it and rarely think of the actions and the consequences of their acts.
 
Among slum dwellers, many things are done the wrong way, because of the convenience and absence of total rule of law, largely. Some of them put up structures with no regard to the environment yet water if not taken care of will find its way through the destruction of the existing facilities.
 
It has often found its way in their houses, soaked everything that they own and killed some. Some have illegal power connectivity which has often caused trouble for them. Now that we have active and probably fully constituted local councils, we can easily mobilise residents to develop an interest in managing their own security systems to avoid these accidents related to the rains.
 
Parents and caregivers have a duty to ensure that children don’t play in water unattended to. It might not occur to the children that water can be dangerous. They actually often do the very things we stop them from doing because they want to try many things, including playing in the rain. It is some sort of fun, but take care of the likely dangers associated with it.
 
We know that when it rains and the wind blows, some electricity poles can collapse, as they often do. That means that deadly electricity wires can fall or hang around, with all the risks of killing those that touch them.
 
Unfortunately, children often touch them or if these wires come into contact with water, they will electrocute whoever comes into contact with them or the water. Do adults and children know what to do to save such a situation?
 
How would you save one trapped in such a scenario? We are warned to use bad conductors to save such victims.
 
In case of a problem like a house collapsing, floods invading you, electric poles and wires falling, always remember to call those concerned. It could be the service providers or the nearby Police.
 
Did you know that the Uganda Police Force has a fully functional directorate of fire and rescue services? They do us proud saving lives, including the lives of animals trapped in holes and burning houses. It is important that you have all these useful telephone numbers with you as a family and neighborhoods to avoid the likely ugly consequences that follow such incidents and accidents. For example, the telephone contacts for Fire Brigade and Rescue Services are 0800121222 (toll-free) and 0711-042193.
 
The telephone phone contacts for the local police station are very crucial. These officers know all the useful contacts to make in the case of any rescue mission at hand arising out of either a crime or a calamity. Make good use of them. Police officers in Uganda love to serve though sometimes they do so under very hard circumstances where they are judged, called names and abused by the very people they serve. We can change this attitude. It creates impact, great impact.  Look, food security is as important as any other form of security.
 
Criminals think, rehearse their actions and finally attack their victims. Calamities simply fall and cause mayhem. We must, therefore, think proactively to avert these dangers, all the time.    
 
The writer is a Senior Police Officer in Uganda

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