By Uganda Vanguard
MAYUGE – Government has warned the public living around of Lake Victoria shores of drastic rise of water levers due to heavy rain expected. According to the Executive Director, National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) Tom Okurut the levels are expected rise by four meters in 2021.
He raised an alert to all landing sites across the country and surrounding villages living closer to the lake to adjust to the growing conditions.
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 directive to 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, NEMA advised people living in the fishing villages in Mayuge to shift from the low lying areas near the lake to avoid a possible catastrophe.