The Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda has today launched the first ever national risk and Vulnerability Atlas of Uganda.
The atlas provides data on various disasters the country is facing indicating vulnerability of various communities and offering recommendations to enhance resilience of these communities.
Speaking at the launch, Dr Rugunda said the country is among the highest disaster prone in the world ranked 14th and 48th least ready.
He notes that the various disasters suffered in the country have undermined government’s efforts towards attainment of vision 2040.
Meanwhile the UNDP country representative Elsie Attafuah noted that if disasters are not addressed, they slow down a country’s development, pledging continued support towards capacity development for disaster management.
For years now Uganda has been hit by several disasters ranging from floods and mud slides, long droughts, epidemics, pests and disease among others which have paralysed the economy and livelihoods of many Ugandans.
Most of the affected areas in Uganda include, Bugisu, Teso, Rwenzori regions.