The weather forecast body, Uganda National Meteorological Authority (UNMA) has cautioned the public about heavier rainfall with lightning and thunder that are expected to prevail over most parts of the country beginning today Saturday 26th October 2019 to Wednesday 30th October 2019.
In a statement issued by Director Networks and Observations at UNMA Mr Paul Isabirye said the rains are expected to bring flooding in low lying areas and mudslides in mountainous areas.
“These rains are expected to bring flooding especially in urban areas and low lying areas, mudslides in the mountainous areas and lightning strikes coupled with strong winds,” statement reads
The areas most likely to be affected are those in southern and Western regions particularly Kigezi highlands, Rwenzori mountain ranges, parts of central region especially around lake Victoria and the Eastern parts of the country particularly mount Elgon areas.
The statement adds that Tuesday 29th and Wednesday 30th October are expected to have even more rainfall.
Isabirye warned motorists and pedestrians against the danger of poor visibility as a result of heavy rain conditions, “All motorists and pedestrians are therefore encouraged to take utmost care to minimize accidents that may result from weather conditions”
He called on public not to seek shelter under trees during rainfall to minimize exposure to lighting strikes and added that weak bridges are likely to be washed away.
Lake users are advised to follow UNMA marine forecast for fishing and water transport.
There has been significant increase in rainfall over most parts of the country and according to Isabirye this is because of moist winds blowing from the Indian Ocean and Congo forests.