By Andrew Kaggwa, NECJOGHA
Hoima, Uganda – The level of River Kafu on the Hoima-Kampala Road which is also the border point between Hoima and Kyankwanzi districts has risen by 10 metres raising fears of disaster when it bursts it banks.
“Observations made on River Kafu by our disaster preparedness team indicate that the water level has risen by 10m from it’s normal level. An alert has been sent to the District Disaster Management committee and Community based response teams to be on high alert we are also sensitising communities to be vigilant,” a statement from the Head of Communications and Public Relations of the Uganda Red Cross, Irene Nakasiita said on Tuesday.
She added that in 2015 this river flooded and affected many people. In that year Police closed the Hoima-Kampala road after River Kafu burst its banks following a heavy downpour. Police then advised travelers to access Kampala or Kyankwanzi via the Masindi route.
However, when the deputy Police spokesperson, Lucas Owesigyire was contacted on phone on Tuesday about the action Police is going to take this time, he said they were not aware of the water level of Kafu rising but promised to contact their officers on the ground to ascertain the situation.
The Uganda National Meteorological Authority (UNMA) last week issued a heavy rainfall alert warning of floods, mudslides and lightning strikes. Today Tuesday and tomorrow Wednesday were forecast to receive the heaviest rainfall in the forecast season.