Yesterday, massive floods and landslides yet again hit the Greater Elgon area leaving the loss to property and life of several people. This comes at a time as El-Nino rains pour in the second planting season of the year.
Despite having a full Ministry and budget for Disaster Preparedness and Relief, Uganda continues to suffer calamity due to extreme weather conditions.
One person is feared dead and four injured in Bulambuli mudslide. The mudslide was triggered by a heavy downpour that burst the banks of river Simu and raged havoc to communities along its stream.
Crops and homes were swept while those in the lower areas of Simu and Bukhalu were submerged. Authorities are calling for relief aid and immediate relocation of people to safer areas.
Martin Owor, the Commissioner disaster preparedness in the Office of the Prime Minister says that unfortunately, the disaster happened on Tuesday and they are looking for missing persons.
It is not Bulambuli that is set to suffer as these rains come. Kampala city itself is a high-risk area with several people who have settled in wetlands being prone to flooding and landslides. The Capital city also has a poor drainage system and is set to suffer as the mass volume of water damaged property and pauses risk to human life.
As disaster hits, Ugandans have to pray for themselves seeing that the government and its agencies are unprepared to deal with emerging risks and disasters in the country.