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Copernicus Emergency Management Service is monitoring Uganda flooding

Press Release 27 Jul 2020 - 17:49 SAST

Copernicus Emergency Management Service is monitoring Uganda flooding

Press Release 27 Jul 2020 - 17:49 SAST

Information from Copernicus Emergency Management Service

Since September 2019, Uganda has been facing flooding and continued rising water levels due to intense and prolonged rainfall. The Ministry of Water and Environment of the Republic of Uganda has requested international assistance.

The majority of the affected population (58%) lives in the Kasese District in the Rwenzoris. Flood risks around Lake Kyoga are worsening and the impacts not yet quantified. Copernicus EMS has been requested to produce delineation mapping at regular intervals (September, December, March, April, July) since September 2019 and produce a rapid analysis of the current situation concerning floods and flood traces over the EMSR438 areas of interest. Furthermore, delineation mapping of recent landslides and mudflows in the Kasese District has also been requested.

These maps are available for download.

The Copernicus Emergency Management Service is implemented by the European Commission as part of the Copernicus Programme to provide on-demand detailed information for selected emergency situations that arise from natural or man-made disasters anywhere in the world. The service includes on-demand mapping (rapid mapping, risk and recovery mapping), early warning and monitoring.