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Police Issues Basic Safety Tips on Flooding in Prone and High-Risk Areas

The Uganda Police Force spokesperson SCP Fred Enanga has appealed to the general public especially in areas prone to flooding to remain extra alert and respect advice from weather experts in order to mitigate the effects of floods. These remarks were made during a press conference at the Police headquarters in Naguru.

“As the Joint Security Agencies, we continue to remind the public especially those that are in flood prone or high-risk areas, to be extra alert and follow instructions from the weather experts,” Enanga said.

The police spokesperson also issued the following basic safety tips to be followed during flooding.

Always monitor radio or local news stations for the latest information.

Be alert to changing weather conditions and be ready to move to higher grounds.

Consider unplugging sensitive electronic equipment before flooding occurs. Do not touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water.

Avoid camping or parking along streams, rivers, creeks or other areas prone to flooding during heavy rainfall because these areas can flood rapidly and with little warning.

During floods, do not walk through flowing water since most drownings occur during flash floods.

Avoid driving through flooded roads because cars can be swept away by heavy moving water. If your vehicle is trapped in rapidly moving water, stay in it or seek refugee on the roof of the vehicle.

Children are especially vulnerable and should not be allowed to play in or around flowing water.

Stay out of damaged buildings and away from affected areas or roads until authorities deem them safe.

Stay away from drowned utility wires because Electrocution is also a serious danger in floods as electrical currents can travel through water.

Police advises all citizens to follow these guidelines and call the Police toll free numbers in case of emergencies.

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