Saturday, June 2, 2012

Flash floods in eastern Uganda‎

MORE THAN 1,000 HECTARES OF FOOD CROPS, MAINLY RICE, CASSAVA, SWEET POTATOES, BEANS, MAIZE, AS WELL AS NUMEROUS HOUSES, HAVE BEEN DESTROYED

mark World Environment Day on June 5, farmers in the remote village of Doho in the eastern Ugandan district of Butaleja are paying a heavy price as a result of harsh climate change effects.

Flash floods have left many families homeless, gardens submerged and roads destroyed.

Affected areas include Doho-Kholi and Doho-Habra in Mazimasa sub-county, and Namehere, where more than 1,000 hectares of food crops, mainly rice, cassava, sweet potatoes, beans, maize, as well as numerous houses, have been destroyed.

The floods are as a result of intermittent rains uphill forcing rivers downhill to bust their banks ferociously sweeping away everything a long their way.

The heavy rains according to environmental experts are a result of the now unpredictable rainy seasons which they attribute to climate change.

Isaac Malinga, who has been a farmer for over two decades, told Xinhua that he is back to square one as the floods have destroyed all his crops. Read More