Uganda warns of flash floods, landslides as rain season starts

Source: Xinhua| 2019-09-06 22:10:58|Editor: xuxin
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KAMPALA, Sept. 6 (Xinhua) -- Uganda's National Meteorological Authority on Friday warned that the country is likely to experience floods and landslides as the second major rain season starts for the next four months.

The weather agency in a statement issued here said the flash floods and landslides are expected in western, south-western and eastern regions of the east African country. It warned that loss of lives and destruction of property may be registered.

"Other disasters may arise from possible landslides mostly in the mountainous areas of western, south-western and eastern as well as strong and gusty winds and lighting among others," the agency said, noting that there is also a likelihood of an upsurge of epidemic disease related to the rain season.

"Appropriate measures should be taken to avoid loss of life and destruction of infrastructure and property," the statement said.

The warning comes as the country continues to experience heavy rains causing flooding, cutting off road access especially in the capital Kampala and minor landslides in the eastern district of Bulambuli.

The most fatal landslides in Uganda occurred in March 2010 in the eastern district of Bududa where more than 200 people were killed while thousands were left homeless.