KARAMOJA: KAABONG District, Hazard, Risk and Vulnerability Profile

31 Aug 2014
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Report Summary

This Kaabong  District Hazard, Risk and Vulnerability Profile integrates scientific information provided by 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 Kaabong 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 Kaabong district. The objective of the hazard, risk, and vulnerability mapping was to produce a District Profile that will aid planning and decision making processes in addressing disaster threats/risks in Kaabong 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 contingency and development plans. 

 

The profile identifies drought, animal disease, environmental. Degradation, land conflict, cattle theft,  floods, pest infestation, human disease, vermin, Problem animals, bushfire, hail storm, lightning, strong wind, landslide and industrial accidents as the predominate hazards in the district, in order of decreasing risk.   All of the sub-counties have significant vulnerability to disaster, accumulating risk from several hazards.  Karenga, Kawalakol, Kapedo and Loyoro record the highest aggregate vulnerability levels compared to the other sub-counties in the district.  Even the least vulnerable, Kaabong Town Council, has high risk of drought and medium risk of land conflict, human disease and severe winds. This aggregated vulnerability to several hazards at once compounds the exposure to disaster risk and the complexity of managing it.

 

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.

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