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Weather body warns of heavy floods, mudslides

By Betty Amamukirori

Added 26th October 2019 10:46 AM

The rains which started in September are expected to continue until December 2019.

Weather body warns of heavy floods, mudslides

Motorists negotiating their way through a flooded Jinja road at Kireka in Wakiso District after a downpour at the start of the year. (File photo)

The rains which started in September are expected to continue until December 2019.

WEATHER

Starting today, for the next five days, the country is going to experience heavy floods, mudslides and lightning strikes coupled with strong winds, the Uganda National Meteorological Authority (UNMA), has said.
 
"Heavy rains with lightning and thunder are expected to prevail over most parts of the country within the next five days, starting from Saturday 26th, October to Wednesday 30th, October," reads part of the statement from UNMA
 
In a statement authored on October 25, 2019, the acting Executive Director of the body, Paul Isabirye explained that these occurrences will affect mostly the urban areas and low lying areas.
 
The Southern and Western regions particularly Kigezi Highlands, Rwenzori mountain ranges, parts of the central region like around Lake Victoria and the eastern parts of the Country especially the Mount Elgon region will likely suffer the most effects.
 
Isabirye said that Tuesday 29th and Wednesday 30th are expected to even have more rainfall within the forecast period.
 
He warned that poor visibility due to the heavy rains will pose a danger to motorists and advised all road users to take care to minimize accidents during those days.
 
"Weak bridges are likely to be washed, road users are advised to be vigilant. Lake users are advised to follow UNMA marine forecast updates for fishing, water transport, and small aircraft activities," he noted.
 
He also warned the public against taking shelter under trees during rainfall to minimize exposure to lightning strikes.
 
The rains which started in September are expected to continue until December 2019.

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