Thousands of people in 36 of Uganda’s 112 districts are at risk of serious food and water shortages due to drought attributed to the La Niña weather phenomenon.
Health officials have warned of outbreaks of diseases such as diarrhoea and dysentery, due to poor hygiene.
The situation requires urgent attention, says the Minister for Disaster Preparedness, Musa Ecweru. “We are experiencing food shortages; some families are [already] going without food.”
The ministry has issued public alerts, warning of impending severe water shortages and famine in parts of the country.