The Uganda National Meteorological Authority on Saturday issued a heavy rainfall warning alert over most parts of Uganda between 26 to 30 October.
“Please take note that Tuesday 29 and Wednesday 30 October are expected to have more rainfall within this forecast period.” A statement read in part. “This rains are expected to bring about flooding. Especially in urban areas and low lying areas, mudslides in the mountainous areas and lightening coupled with strong winds.”
The Acting Executive Director of Uganda Meteorological Authority Mr. Isabirye Paul who signed this statement advised the public to avoid taking shelter under trees during rainfall to reduce the risk of exposure to lightning strikes.
Since the beginning of October, most parts of the country have received unprecedented amounts of rainfall causing flooding, and break in transport and telecommunication infrastructure.
The major bridge connecting Kayunga and Mukono has since been washed away and the residents left desperate with very limited alternative routes to get their produce to the market.
The downpours have not only interrupted the business life, but school children are also stranded without any access to schools. The Ntunda Sub-County chairperson, Mr. Philly Ssenzira says the students from Kasawo sub-county who study from schools in Ntunda cannot access schools. Mr. Ssenzira also noted that canoes cannot be used since the water moves extremely fast. School have had to seek alternative routes to transport student back to their homes for safety.
“When the bridge was washed away on Friday, the schools hired vehicles to transport learners to their homes via Kayunga town,” Mr. Ssenzira said as quoted in the Daily Monitor.
There are varying explanations to the current trend of heavy rainfall pounding most central and east African countries. Others notions have it that, there has been a change in the direction of winds from the Atlantic Ocean East wards through the forests of the democratic Congo, that is making the countries within the belt receive rain from both the Atlantic ocean and the Indian ocean.
But all can be said and re-said but definitely the underlying factor to the change of direction of wind is what is generally referred to as climate change, an unpleasant effect of global warming.