Uganda warns of flash floods, landslides as first rain season starts

KAMPALA, UGANDA - DECEMBER 13: Motorcycles pass through water in a street after torrential rains in Kampala, Uganda on December 13, 2016. (Photo by Lubowa Abubaker/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
KAMPALA, UGANDA – DECEMBER 13: Motorcycles pass through water in a street after torrential rains in Kampala, Uganda on December 13, 2016. (Photo by Lubowa Abubaker/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Uganda’s Ministry of Water and Environment warned that the country will face destructive flash floods, strong hailstorms and landslides as the first major rain season gets underway.

Beatrice Atim Anywar, state minister for water and environment told Parliament that heavy rains above the normal level will lead to flash floods, strong winds and landslides in several regions of the country.

Anywar also warned that loss of lives and destruction of property may occur.

“The coming rains will be heavy and will lead to floods, landslides, mudslides and cases of cholera,” Anywar said.

Uganda’s National Meteorological Authority warned of an increased likelihood of near normal to above normal rainfall in several parts of the country, according to its March-May seasonal rainfall outlook.

“The onset of seasonal rains is anticipated to be characterized by severe isolated lightning, thunder and hailstorms,” the weather agency said on Monday.

“The rains expected in most parts of the country are likely to be associated with medium to strong winds. Be sure to reinforce your roofs for living houses, granary stores, and others, if there is need. Keep safe,” the weather agency said.