KAMPALA – Uganda government on Monday said it has distributed an assortment of relief items to several parts of the country that are currently facing heavy rains.
Office of the Prime Minister in a “Floods Risk Alert” issued here said it has sent relief food and non-food commodities to the most floods prone districts.
Some of the relief items include tons of rice, bales of blankets, jerrycans and sleeping-mats among others.
The alert said about 24 districts across the country are likely to face floods as the ongoing rain season is at its peak.
“People are strongly advised not to walk or to allow a driver or bodaboda (motorcycle)-rider to take them through a flooded road or bridge even if when the floods appear very low below the knees or rim of the car,” the statement said.
“It takes only about 15 mins for most flash-floods to clear. Please wait until the flash-floods have cleared,” the statement added.
Uganda National Meteorological Authority in a “heavy rainfall warning alert” issued on Oct. 25 said heavy rains with lightning and thunder are expected to prevail in most parts of the country until Oct. 30.
“These rains are expected to bring about flooding especially in urban areas and low lying areas, mudslides in the mountainous areas and lightning strikes coupled with strong winds,” the alert said.