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Meteorology Department Warns Of More Rains

The Meteorology Department has warned of another week of heavy rains as government warns people living landslide-prone areas to relocate.

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The Meteorology Department has warned of another week of heavy rains as government warns people living landslide-prone areas to relocate.

 

Mike Nkalubo, the commissioner Metrology department warns more rains are expected in the coming week, adding that Southern Africa below Madagascar in the East and Kalahari Desert in the West are high pressure cells that push moist air and rain northwards. According to Nkalubo, the opposing cells in the Northern Arabian Desert and Western Africa are too weak.

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This comes just days after floods caused by heavy rains killed at least five people and displaced thousands others in Kasese district.

 

According to the Uganda Red Cross Society, between 9000 and 11,000 people are affected by the floods in Kasese district.

 

At least 8 sub counties are affected by the floods. Besides Kilembe, the area that was initially affected, seven more sub counties have been flooded after banks of River Nyamugasanye and River Mubuku burst.The sub counties are Karusandara, Maliba, Bugoye, Bwisumbu, Kyabalungira, Kitswamba and Kyalumba

 

Catherine Ntabadde, the head of communications at the Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS), in an email says the Office of Prime Minister working with Kasese District local authorities and URCS on Sunday set up a camp for the displaced people at Kasese Primary School.

By Sunday evening, the camp had registered 810 people displaced by floods.

Musa Ecweru the State Minister for relief and disaster preparedness says government is urging all populations around steep hilly areas to move to lower places. The minister points out the areas of Kabale, Bundibugyo in the Rwenzori, the entire Elgon region that are showing some signs of fatigue because of the pounding rain.

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Ecweru reveals that the Office of the Prime Minister is going to implement the move to avoid the risk of landslides.

About 30,000 people are considered to be living around the slopes of Mt Elgon which are considered to be at high risk of another landslide. At least 11 people were killed by the landslides that hit Bududa district in June 2012, just over two years after another landslide killed an estimated 300 people in Nametsi village in Bududa in March 2010.

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