Once again, the Meteorological Department has dutifully warned Ugandans and their government of an impending weather disaster. Last time around, the meteorologists warned of the impending heavy rains that led to the deadly floods in eastern Uganda. That time, the meteorologists were generally ignored until the floods came, claimed lives and washed away thousands of houses and rendered hundreds of thousands destitute. Then comic panic steps started, with the entire country holding its breath, waiting for a UN helicopter that was serving in southern Sudan to arrive and take relief to the marooned people in Teso. Now the department has announced harsh post La Nina conditions which will see the very dry weather progressing into severe drought towards the middle of next year. Large parts of the north, the east and this time the Lake Victoria basin are likely to suffer severe drought.
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