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Cabinet Sets Up Committee to Coordinate Gov’t Response To Rising Water Levels

Government has set up an inter – ministerial committee chaired by Rt Hon Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda to coordinate Government response to the rising water levels and its devastating impact.

As of 21th May 2020, the average water level in Lake Victoria was 13.45 metres which is 5 centimeters above the previous record in 1964.

Increased outflow from Lake Victoria further raised the water levels of Lake Kyoga and lake Albert with resulted in flooding around those lakes and further downstream.

As of 21st May 2020, lake Kyoga water levels had exceeded its historical maximum record of 13.25 meters in 1964.

Addressing reporters at Uganda Media Center on Wednesday, the Minister of ICT and National Guidance Judith Nabakooba said Government has taken appropriate actions which include setting up an inter – ministerial committee to coordinate Government response to the problem.

 

The committee she says comprises of 14 Ministries and 7 Agencies.

She added that a multi sectoral National Task Team chaired by the Ministry of Water and Environment has been set up to provide technical support to the inter – ministerial committee and also ensure timely information on the weather and changing water levels.

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Meanwhile, the National Task Team chaired by Ministry of Works and Transport has commenced operations involving surveillance and removal of the floating islands in order to protect the dams.

Nabakooba attributed the rising water levels to largely human activities such as encroachment.

“We should all understand that the quick rise in water levels had largely been accelerated by human activities such as deforestation, encroachment on wetlands, lakeshores and riverbanks for housing and Agriculture,” she said.

People living in the mountainous areas of Rwenzori, Elgon and Kigezi that are prone to landslides have been called to move to safe places with immediate effect.

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