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UNMA Explains Current Dry Spell Conditions over Most of Uganda

  • In General
  • 20 Mar 2019 - 4:20pm
  • By Mark Wamai
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The 1967 Government dam that was rehabilitated by Makerere University under the WATERCARP project in 2011. The valley dam sustains over 1,000 cattle from seven parishes in Wanzogi sub-County, Nakasongola District throughout the dry season.

The Uganda National Meteorological Authority (UNMA) has attributed the dry spell conditions being experienced in most parts of Uganda to the tropical cyclone (storm) codenamed IDAI. The storm which has been over the Mozambique Channel has been associated with heavy rains and winds of up to 170km/h made landfall on the coastal port city of Beira in Mozambique on 14th March 2019 with devastating impacts on human life and property in both Mozambique and Malawi.

IDAI led to the development of a low pressure system around the Mozambique Channel, which diverted the moisture laden south easterly trade winds away from Uganda. This diversion disrupted the onset of the March to May season rainfall, hence the current dry spell conditions. According to UNMA, the IDAI is expected to weaken and dissipate by 22nd March 2019 and thereafter, normal rains are expected to resume.

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