Die Tageszeitung MONITOR in Uganda meldet am 6. November 2015, daß die Wetterbehörde Ugandas die heftigsten Regenfälle seit 50 Jahren vorhersagt. Es hänge mit dem periodisch auftretenden El-Nino-Phänomen zusammen. Bereits im Oktober wurden wesentlich erhöhte Werte von Regenfällen in mehreren Distrikten gemessen (Tabelle unten). Der Höhepunkt wird für November erwartet.
By PAUL TAJUBA – Friday, November 6 2015 at 02:00 – KAMPALA.
Weather experts at Uganda National Meteorological Authority (UNMA), an agency mandated to forecast weather, have said the heaviest rain received in Uganda in 50-years has started.
Mr Paul Isabirye, the UNMA acting executive director, said during an exclusive interview yesterday that all regions across the country are now experiencing abnormal rain, a condition he said signals the much-talked about El-Nino occurrence.
“El-Nino impact is now more visible because we are getting rain above normal,” Mr Isabirye said yesterday.
El-Nino is a periodic climatic occurrence where waters of the eastern tropical Pacific warm to trigger adverse consequences for global weather. It was first predicted to start in October and several safety advisories to people have since been issued.
The Ministry of Water and Environment has on several occassions issued advisories asking people living in flood-prone areas to move to safer zones, planting of food crops resistant to floods, opening up of drainage systems and no cultivation in water-catching areas like wetlands.
The advisories are meant to minimise the expected impacts of El Nino like flooding, mudslides, outbreak of diseases like malaria, typhoid, cholera and bilharzia.
Mr Godfrey Mujuni, the managing director of applied meteorological data and climate services, under UNMA, said all data gathered from different weather stations have indicated abnormal rain recorded in the month of October. Citing an example, Mr Mujuni said in October, Kitgum District recorded 182.9 millimetre (mm) of rainfall above the mean average of 122.3mm recorded over time. Masindi District had 253.3mm against 168.8mm; Soroti District had 198.7 up from 142.1mm that was received previously. Kampala, according to data, gathered from Namulonge weather station received 220.9mm yet the normal monthly rain has been 127.6mm. Bushenyi recorded 203mm in the month of October against the usual 155.1mm.
“And we expect the peak to be in November, so people should take precautions, especially when soils are saturated, any little rain can trigger off a disaster,” Mr Mujuni said yesterday.
Variations: District Average rainfall New recording
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Die Regierung warnt vor weiteren Bergrutschen am Mount Elgon
The Daily Monitor 15 October 2015 (Kampala):
Government Warns of More Elgon Mudslides
By David Mafabi
Bududa — Mudslide disasters are feared in Bugisu and Sebei sub-regions unless authorities act fast and relocate residents living on the slopes of Mt Elgon, says Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) official.
The Kommissar for disaster management and preparedness, Mr Martin Owor, said the people need to be relocated from hilly areas prone to mudslides down to safer areas ahead of the El-nino rain projected to start late October through November.
Ein weiterer Artikel in der Tageszeitung NEW VISION vom 16. Okt. 2015
Regierung warnt vor El-Nino Katastrophe
Government Warns on El Nino Rain Desease Outbreaks
The Uganda National Meteorological Authority, together with the IGAD Regional Climate Application and Prediction Centre and the World Meteorological Organization, in a report recently confirmed that Uganda and other East African Countries would experience an El Nino episode from late October 2015 to February 2016 […] There are high possibilities of massive flooding, landslides, destructive windstorms, lightning, destruction of feeder roads, washing away of small-bridges and culverts, roofs of many village homes getting blown-off and rotting of root crops…. more online: Govt warns on El Nino rain disease outbreaks