KARAMOJA: MOROTO District, Hazard, Risk and Vulnerability Profile
This Moroto 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 Moroto 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 Moroto 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 Moroto 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 findings in the profile identify 14 hazards, strong wind, environmental degradation, drought, human disease, crop and animal disease, floods, land conflict, bush fires, cattle theft, vermin, pest infestation, industrial accidents, landslide, hailstorms, lightning, as predominant in the district, in order of decreasing risk. Strong wind, environmental degradation, drought and human disease ranked closely as the most dangerous and high-risk hazards for people in Moroto District.
All of the sub-counties have significant vulnerability to disaster, accumulating risk from these hazards. Rupa, Katikekile and Tapac, Sub-Counties record high aggregate vulnerability levels. The least vulnerable, Moroto Town Council, has medium risk of strong winds and human disease. 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.