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He noted that in the Eastern region specifically in Eastern Lake Victoria and Southern Eastern, seasonal rains with occasional heavy storms reaching flood levels are expected to continue until end of May with cessation of rains expected in Early June.
“Overall, the region has a high chance of receiving near normal to above normal rains,” noted Nkalubo.
He added: “In Eastern Central, seasonal rains are expected to continue until late May and cessation by early June. Well as in North Eastern region, it received the lowest rainfall totals for both the month of March and April and the intermittent seasonal rains are expected to continue until early June and cessation by mid-June.”
Nkalubo further revealed that the Northern region will experience seasonal rains until June 2013 and is expected to also experience near normal to above normal rainfall.
“In Western Central, by end of March, the region received the above normal rains occasionally experiencing heavy storms that reached flooding levels especially in the lowlands below the Rwenzori Mountains. The seasonal rains are expected to continue until early June and cessation by mid-June,” he noted.
In South Western region, steady seasonal rains were established by mid of April reaching peak rains by end of the month. Over the entire region received above normal rains with occasional heavy storm that reached flooding levels especially in Bushenyi, Mitooma, Buhweju and Kasese district.
The rains are expected to continue and cessation is expected by end of May.
In the Western parts of the Central including Nakasongola, Luwero, Kyankwanzi, Nakaseke Kiboga, Mubende, Sembabule, Western Masaka, Lyantonde, and Rakai districts, the seasonal rains are expected to continue until end of May with cessation of rains expected in Early June.
“There are high chances of near normal rainfall over several parts of this region,” said Nkaulubo.
The heavy rainfall will lead to prospects for increased Agricultural production, improved conditions for pasture, foliage and water reservoirs, flooding, landslides/mudslides, displacement of people and destruction of property and outbreak of water related diseases.