The project is aimed at Design Construction and Installation of Uganda National Infrasound Network (DCIUNIN). DCIUNIN will further Establish Infrasound Network Infrastructure in line with the Uganda Vision 2040, Build capacity in infrasound research for social economic development and population’s security, Enable vulnerable communities install corrective measure against lightning strikes and Advise government on a comprehensive national strategy for adaptation and mitigation systems. The project commenced in FY 2016/17) and has completed now two years with good performance on the development of infrastructure and public awareness about geohazards.
The project has focused on the infrasound infrastructure development, vulnerability assessment, public education and awareness in response to geo-hazards especially seismic and lightning risk in the country. The project also procured necessary inputs and other procurements of specialized quipment for infrasound infrastructure are ongoing.
The project findings indicate that about 80% is highly vulnerable to lightning risk. Lightning and geo-hazards vulnerability studies revealed that at least 23% of the schools had lightning arrestors and 77% of the schools did have installations.
Field investigations indicate that lightning is very common and mostly associated with the first rains after a dry spell. In Central and Western Uganda these are communities and schools in Wakiso, Mpigi, Rakai, Masaka, Kiruhura, Mbarara, Isingiro, Ssembabule, Mubende, and Kiboga. Field investigations further indicate that some of the deaths were reported especially among school children, and trees that were being struck. This observation indicates that pine forests in the country are most likely to catch fire triggered by lightning.
In the Eastern region the project investigated Mbale, Sironko, Budaka, Busembatya, Namutumba, Kibuku and Iganga and Jinja. The inspections were carried out on Communities and found out that communities needed more sensitization and awareness on dangers of lightning and safety measures. Investigations and media reports too revealed that lightning has continued to negatively impact on population’s security.