Okecho also revealed that the office of the prime minister has written
to the finance ministry requesting for money to help address disaster challenges in Kasese district.
More flash floods are likely to occur in Kasese district between August and September unless urgent steps are taken to desilt River Nyamwamba, theUganda National Meteorology Authority has warned. River Nyamwamba has burst its banks several time this year, leaving a trail of destruction.
Charles Obeke Otim, a senior Meteorology officer at Uganda National Meteorology Authority says the river must be desilted between June and August to avoid a repeat of flash floods when heavy rain is expected. He made the recommendation during a disaster review meeting held on Tuesday at Kasese District Multipurpose Hall that was aimed at engaging public private sectors in identifying short team measures to mitigate flash floods in the area.
Otim also emphasized the need for the installation of a multi-prolonged disaster early warning system in the Rwenzori region to minimize the impact of disaster. During the meeting, Emmanuel Okecho, a senior disaster preparedness officer from the office of the Prime Minister said they were conducting an evaluation study to establish a disaster early warning system in Rwenzori region to mitigate the dangers of disaster. Okecho also revealed that the office of the prime minister has written to the finance ministry requesting for money to help address disaster challenges in Kasese district.
Wilson Asaba, the Kasese District Disaster Committee Chairperson blamed the escalating disaster on the effect of human activities on the environment. He said the disaster committee has identified five disaster hot spots including one at Nyamwamba River Bridge on Kasese-fort portal road, Kasabwe, Mubuku, Nyamughasana and Kanyaruboga rivers in Kasese district. While addressing the press earlier in the day Defense minister Dr Crispus Kiyonga called for calm saying they were working out a way to find a lasting solution to the disaster as directed by President Yoweri Museveni.
He however, said the technical team was studying the patterns of the river before actual work starts. Dr Kiyonga regretted that some people he did not name were spreading propaganda that government had not taken any action yet work on the bridges on Mubuku River and Katiri was completed. Kiyonga who is the Bukonzo West county Constituency MP said the line ministries were taking action as directed by the president, adding that, the contractors for the four billion Kyanzuki bridge ; were already on site.