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Experts warn on heavy rains, floods in November, December

The locals and rescue works carry one of the victims of the Oct. 11 Bududa mudslides subsequent to the heavy rains in Bududa (FILE PHOTO)

KAMPALA – Weather experts have forecasted heavy rainfall across the country punctuated with lightning and flooding.

A statement from Uganda National Meteorological Authority (UNMA) says although in the Agricultural sector there will be soil moisture improvement that will help the crops grow, the increased rainfall might cause high risk of floods and landslides.

A UNMA statement signed by Dr Festus Luboyera, the executive director says there is a likelihood of an outbreak of water-borne diseases especially in areas with poor sewage systems over urban areas and in areas with shortage of safe water.

Weather experts have warned of heavy rainfall across the country punctuated with lightning and storms(FILE PHOTO)

“The outlook for November 2018 indicates that most parts of the country are likely to experience above average rainfall during the month and the average rainfall is expected over some parts of Northern and Northeastern Uganda,” reads the statement dated November 15.

The statement says during the month of November 2018, the slightly warmer than average Sea Surface Temperatures (SSTs) are expected to prevail over the Equatorial Eastern and Central Pacific Ocean.

The statement adds that the Southern hemisphere high-pressure systems are expected to relax significantly, while their counterparts in Northern hemisphere are expected to intensify allowing the rain making mechanism (ITCZ) to continue shifting southwards and that this may result into rains extending southwards of the country.

Dr Luboyera says farmers have a leeway of planting both quick and long maturing crops owing to good rains ahead.

The statement reveals that cases of lightning are still probable in most areas of the country and that contingency measures should be put in place to avoid loss of lives and property

“And there is a high risk of further flooding due to the expected enhanced rainfall especially low-lying areas and those near river banks,” reads the statement further.

Dr Luboyera says the outlook for November 2018 indicates that most parts of the country are likely to experience above average rainfall during the month and that average rainfall is expected over some parts of Northern and Northeastern Uganda.

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