Uganda: ClimateChange – El-Nino rain to increase in November – Several Articles

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.


Motorists negotiate a flooded section of Mulwana Road in Kampala recently. PHOTO BY ABUBAKER LUBOWADaily Monitor


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.

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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.

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MONITOR-Article: El-Nino rain to increase in November – experts say web

Die Regierung warnt vor weiteren Bergrutschen am Mount Elgon

The Daily Monitor 15 October 2015  (Kampala):


Government Warns of More Elgon Mudslides

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.

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„We need to act fast to avoid these disasters before the El-nino rain because the crack across the mountain is growing deeper and could be a source of the mudslides in the near future as elnino rain start,“ said Mr Owor.

Mr Owor, who was reading a speech by the Minister of Disaster Preparedness, Mr Hillary Onek, asked people living in mudslide-prone areas to relocate before November.

„I am asking all people living in disaster-prone areas to relocate down to safe areas, to their friends and relatives until December. Please keep these people until after Elnino rains, we don’t want to lose them,“ said Mr Owor.

Mr Owor was presiding over the International Day for Disaster reduction on Tuesday at Bulucheke in Bududa District. The celebrations were held under the theme „Indegenous knowledge and local people“.

The warning comes at a time when the latest mapping surveys from OPM have also indicated that people living on the slopes of Mt Elgon are at great risk as the dead volcanic mountain has developed bigger cracks, caused by heavy deforestation, poor methods of farming and poor land management around the mountain.

The warning comes barely three months after the preliminary geo-technical study of disaster-prone Mt Elgon by experts which revealed that the ground around mudslide scars is still moving and can cause another mudslide anytime. Mr Owor said the conditions remain very dangerous and another mudslide could occur during the El-nino rains. He said government has established the national platform for early detection, prevention, mitigation, management and a guide to disaster risk management educational institutions in Uganda.

„And we are now giving out cell phones, bicycles and megaphones to mudslide-prone villages that will be used to alert people, ministry and other departments whenever there is a threat of a mudslide,“ said Mr Owor.

The district chairman, Mr John Baptist Nambeshe, said although the multi-sectoral team by government resolved that Shs8b would be released for urbanisation of Bududa to relocate the people in mudslide prone areas, there is nothing on ground.

Dr Gorette Kitutu, a government environmental expert, said the small landslides at the slopes of the mountain with many water openings indicate that the rocks are under tension and that the ground could slide again if elinno rains persist.

Government Warns of More Elgon Mudslides web


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 web

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