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Weather disasters increase five-fold in 50 years: WMO report

Geneva, Switzerland | Xinhua | The number of weather-related disasters has increased by five times over the past 50 years, the latest report by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said on Wednesday. However, thanks to improved early warning systems and disaster management, the number of deaths from these hazards has been …

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Teso leaders seek gov’t intervention on looming hunger

Ngora, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | District chairpersons across the Teso sub region have raised concern over the state of food insecurity in the region. The leaders want urgent intervention from the government following the long dry spell that has ravaged crops. The region didn’t receive adequate rain spanning over five …

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Drought kills over 200 cows in Bunyoro

Hoima, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | At least 200 cows have died in Bunyoro sub-region between April and August this year due to shortage of water and pasture resulting from drought. Livestock farmers in Buliisa, Hoima, Kagadi, Kiryandongo and Kikuube districts have been struggling to look for pasture and water for …

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Drought devastates crop gardens in Bugisu, Teso sub regions

Soroti, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Several crop gardens in various places in the country are drying up because of the prolonged drought raising fears of food shortage. The affected crops include beans, maize, millet and groundnuts among others. Some of the affected areas include Bulambuli in Bugisu sub-region, districts of …

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Light rains bring sigh of relief to farmers in Acholi

Gulu, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The current light rains being experienced in parts of Acholi sub region have excited some farmers. The region experienced a month-long drought that left many farmers hopeless. Several hectares of crops planted in the first season had begun withering, owing to the scorching heat sparking …

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Climate change fuels infectious diseases in E. Africa

  Climate change, floods and droughts are fuelling the spread of pathogens that are resistant to drugs Nairobi, Kenya | Xinhua | Extreme weather events linked to climate change, including floods and droughts, are fuelling the spread of vector-borne diseases in the East and Horn of African region, experts said on …

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Ugandan scientists develop drought tolerant trees

This comes as Uganda joins the rest of the world to commemorate the World Forest Day on March 21 to raise awareness of the importance of all types of forests Kampala, Uganda | Isaac Khisa | Ugandan scientists have developed drought tolerant tree species, paving way for possible establishment of commercial forests …

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Drought, cattle rustling affect livestock prices in Karamoja

Karamoja, Uganda |  THE INDEPENDENT  |  The persistent drought and resurgence of cattle rustling have affected the livestock market in the Karamoja region. The price of an animal weighing 100-kilograms has fallen from one million Shillings in November 2020, to 600,000 Shillings today. The drop in animals prices in the region …

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