By NECJOGHA TEAM
Kampala, Uganda – One person was killed in the rain that ravaged different areas of Uganda.
According to media reports the man who was killed in the rain on Friday was in the central Uganda district of Gomba when he was hit by a tree which fell in the heavy rain.
Elsewhere, NECJOGHA correspondents in Kampala, Entebbe, Wakiso, Mukono, Buikwe, Jinja, Mbale and Mbarara reported heavy rain in those areas over the weekend which made roads impassable, caused massive traffic jams in urban areas and destroyed property.
In Kampala and parts of Wakiso there was massive flooding along the main roads and residential areas especially in wetlands. The floods resulting from the rain destroyed people’s personal property as water entered houses in areas like Bwaise, Kaleerwe and Najjankumbi in Kampala.
At Zzana on the road leading to Uganda’s international airport at Entebbe, the water flooded across the road causing a massive traffic jam on Friday with travelers spending hours waiting. The rain started at around 2pm and lasted for hours. The heavy floods also destroyed people’s property including motorcycles otherwise known as bodabodas. Energetic men took advantage of this and were charging up to U Shs 2000 to carry someone across the floods.
In eastern Uganda, our correspondents report that in the districts of Sironko, Bulambuli, Kapchorwa, and Bukwo it rained for the whole day making most roads impassable. In Sibanga sub county, Manafwa District it was reported that crops were destroyed by the rain and several families were left homeless after their houses fell in the rain.
In June this year, at least eight people were killed when perimeter wall fences fell on them during heavy rain. In one incident a family of five people was killed.
The Fifty Third Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum (GHACOF53) which took place in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania last week predicted wetter condition for most of the region in the October to December rain season and warned of flooding in eastern and northern Uganda as well as areas of the Lake Victoria basin.
On Wednesday, the Uganda National Meteorological Authority (UNMA) will downscale the regional seasonal forecast released by GHACOF53 so as to take into account local factors. NECJOGHA will be updating on the event on its website and its social media pages.
(Video by Phoebe Nabagereka. Additional reporting by Mukasa Kivumbi (Lugazi), Evelyn Muganga (Entebbe), Godfrey Ssempijja (Kampala), Patrick Mugerwa (Jinja), Peter Walukhu (Mbale), Andrew Wegona (Mukono) and Annita Matsika (Mbarara)