Uganda: Butaleja district warned against misuse of the early flood warning system

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The assistant commissioner for disaster in the directorate of disaster preparedness, Gerald Menhya has called for skills development among the Butaleja district officials on how to operate the flood early warning system, reports New Vision.

The unit, which was installed on River Manafwa to alert locals in the flood prone districts of the raising water levels is part of the efforts to avert disasters in the region. Menhya was optimistic that in the near future, the country will witness significant reduction in damages caused by flood related disasters as a result of delivering effective early warning messages that are consequently followed by early actions.

"In our office, we embrace the philosophy of investing one dollar in preparedness or mitigation saves seven dollars in response to disaster," he said.

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