KARAMOJA: ABIM District, Hazard, Risk and Vulnerability Profile
The Abim District Hazard, Risk and Vulnerability Profile integrates scientific information provided by the Government of Uganda agencies and hazard and vulnerability knowledge provided by communities on the district base map to contribute to a Ugandan atlas of disaster risk. It will support planning and decision-making processes to manage disaster risk in the District.
The Abim District Local Government and the Department of Disaster Preparedness and Management in the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), with the support of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), embarked on a process of mapping the hazards and analysing disaster risks and vulnerabilities in Abim district. The objective of the hazard, risk, and vulnerability mapping was to produce a district profile that will aid planning and decision making processes with analysis of disaster risks in Abim District.
The information contained in this District Hazard, Risk, and Vulnerability Profile will guide the adoption of disaster risk management (DRM) measures in the district and inform the development of the district’s contingency and development plans.
The findings identified drought, floods, crop and animal disease, land conflicts, bush-fires, pests infestations, environmental degradation, strong wind, vermin and problem animals, landslides, cattle theft, hailstorms and lightning, mining accidents and human disease as the predominate hazards in the district, in order of decreasing risk. Drought, floods, crop and animal disease, and land conflicts ranked closely as the most dangerous and high-risk hazards for people in Abim District.
This is part of UNDP’s support to the Government of Uganda to strengthen its capacity in Disaster Risk Management and be prepared to respond to any likely disasters that may come up particularly those related to the climate.