KAMPALA – The Uganda National Meteorological Authority (UNMA) has asked the country to brace for heavy rainfall over the next five days.
In a statement issued on Friday, October 26, the acting Executive Director of UNMA, Mr Paul Isabirye, warned of flooding in urban areas, low lying areas, mudslides in the mountainous areas and lightning strikes coupled with strong winds.
UNMA says that several parts of the country will experience heavy rains with lightning and thunder over the next five days starting today October 26.
Mr Isabirye said that the most affected areas include the Southern and Western regions particularly Kigezi highlands. Other areas will be Rwenzori Mountains, parts of the central region especially around Lake Victoria and Mt Elgon areas.
The authority attributes the anticipated rains and recent downpours to the moist winds blowing from the Indian Ocean and Congo forests. Recent rains have caused flooding, killed people and destroyed gardens in various parts of the country.
The statement warns that Tuesday, October 29 and Wednesday, October 30 will experience heavy rainfall within the forecast period.
As a result, UNMA has advised people to avoid taking shelter under trees to minimize exposure to lightning strikes.
The public is also reminded to be vigilant because weak bridges are likely to collapse and Lake users are addressed to abide by UNMA marine forecast updates.