El Nino rains expected in Uganda, citizens advised to be prepared

Nelson Bwire Kapo

Nelson Bwire Kapo

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Government has projected that the country will receive abnormal rains in the coming months until the year ends.

The announcement was made by the minister of State for Water and Environment, Mary Goretti Kituttu at Uganda Media Centre in Kampala.

“Overall, there is an increased likelihood of above normal rainfall over most parts of Uganda and near normal rainfall in most parts of Karamoja and Southern cattle corridor,” she said

Addressing the media, Kituttu asked Ugandans to be ready and avoid loss of lives.

“My job is to warn, when I say Jinja road is going to flood, go home early. Western parts of central Uganda have been experiencing isolated outbreaks of showers and thunderstorms are expected to continue,” she said.

Kituttu urged hospitals and schools to put in place strong structures as they head into this season to avoid life threatening scenarios.

She said that with the increased rainfall, Ugandans should be wary of increasing malaria upsurges, livestock diseases as well as increased vectors.

She cautioned residents on around mountainous areas to seek low lying areas for temporary accommodation if they are to be saved from landslides.

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