Disaster Ministry Warns of More Floods In April-May

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A monthly weather bulletin released by the Office of the Prime Minister OPM shows that most parts of the country will receive favorable rainfall to support crop production.

Heavy rainfalls over the last few days are expected to reach peak levels mid next month across the country.
 
According to Uganda National Meteorology Authority (UNMA) the peak rains will last until May in most of the regions.

A monthly weather bulletin released by the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) shows that most parts of the country will receive favorable rainfall to support crop production.

The crop monitor map included in the monthly bulletin shows that districts in Karamoja; Amudat, Moroto, Kotido and Kabong need to be watched. It says Karamoja's rain condition are not far from favorable but could still have an effect on crop production.

The crop conditions map synthesizes information for crops and pasture as of 05 March 2018.

Crop conditions over the main growing areas are based on a combination of national and regional crop analysts' inputs along with remote sensing and rainfall data.

Land preparation and planting is ongoing in all regions except for some districts in Karamoja region where there is delayed planting
 
Overall, the outlook says there is an increased probability for near normal rainfall over much of Uganda, except the western sector of the country which is expected to receive normal to above normal rainfall.
 
It says there are high chances that Eastern Karamoja region, parts of Isingiro and Rakai, and parts of Pakwach and Nebbi are expected to experience below normal rainfall during this season.
 
Farmers are advised to make use of the seasonal rains by optimizing crop yields through appropriate land use management.

Farmers are also encouraged to plant enough food for both domestic use and for sell to emerging markets in the neighboring countries.
 
The National Emergency Coordination and Operations Centre (NECOC), under the Office of the Prime Minister, has the mandate to publish the bi-monthly National Integrated
 
The National Emergency Coordination and Operations Centre (NECOC) says anticipated near normal rainfall patterns are likely to be occasionally accompanied by intense rainfall events that may lead to flash flooding in some localized places especially in Kampala city and other urban areas.
 
 
It says there is need to increase disease surveillance due to expected up-surges of epidemics of diseases that are prevalent during rainy seasons such as malaria, cholera, bilharzia and Typhoid fever.

The report says increases in lower respiratory diseases such as asthma due to humid conditions and allergies from some flowering plants are also expected.

 

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