NEMA warns on increasing water levels of Lake Victoria

By Moses Kidandi
The Government has warned members of the public living around lake shores of signs indicating drastic rise of water levels of lake Victoria.

According to the Executive director of the National Environment management Authority NEMA, Tom Okurut the levels will rise by 4 meters in 2021, NEMA is therefore sensitizing all landing sites across the country and surrounding villages living closer to the lake to adjust to the growing conditions .

Tom Okurut made the remarks as NEMA embarked on a demarcation exercise of lake shores in Mayuge district to pave way for resettlement of 48 villages that were displaced by the National Forestry Authority NFA from the South Basoga central forest Reserve in 1998.

NEMA is demarcating 200 meters off the lake shore for conservation as the Government plans to gazette part of the forest reserve to settle affected locals from the 48 villages .

The resettlement is President Musevenis order directing NFA to hand over five hundred Hectares which is part of the Bukaleeba Forest Reserve to over thirty thousand families that had been evicted.

Naome Karenkaho the manager public and corporate affairs at NEMA is advising people living in the fishing villages in Mayuge to shift from the low lying areas near the lake to avoid a possible catastrophe.