Widespread travel and business disruptions were reported in Kampala on Tuesday, July 7, a day after torrential rain brought flooding across the capital. The three-hour rainstorm on Monday, July 6, quickly overwhelmed irrigation systems in the city center, with major roads including Queen's Way and Mulwana Road being submerged by floodwaters. Various suburbs, including Kasubi, Katanga, Kisenyi, Nalukolongo, Kabuusu, Katwe, Namungoona, Kyambogo, and Kinawataka also saw significant flooding.
Although flooding in the city center has largely subsided, some outlying residential areas remain inundated and flood-damaged roads are yet to be repaired. Residual travel and business disruptions are therefore likely in the Kampala area in the near term.
Flash flooding occurs with some frequency in Kampala following periods of heavy rainfall, particularly during the rainy seasons from March to May and October to November, although downpours can occur throughout the year. While floodwaters in more developed areas of the capital typically subside within hours, irrigation systems in many outlying suburbs struggle to cope with large amounts of surface water, leading to more prolonged flood disruption.
Those in Kampala should be aware of the potential for localized disruption in the near term and are advised to monitor developments in their own area of operations and heed any directives issued by local authorities. Floodwater may also contain wastewater and chemical products and present residual health hazards.
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