Big Story: Animals continue to die as climate change bites in Gomba, Government quiet

Residents of Gomba district are crying for help from the central government to rescue their animals as climate change bites. #WhisperEyeNews #UgandaNews #Climatechange

Maddu and Kyayi sub Counties in Gomba have been greatly affected by the ongoing drought, and animals especially cows are dying of hunger. They have no pasture and water.

“I have no milk to sell because cows have no water and pasture to give us Milk. It is unbelievable that even the little milk we get is bought at a low price less than 700/= per liter,” says Geoffrey Nyaruho.

“Our animals especially cows are dying of hunger. We call for help from the government,” Mr. Joseph Ssempiga said.

a video as animals are dieing off

Kyayi Sub County LC. III chairperson Mr. David Nasasira told Whisper Eye that they’re out of options, saying it is too expensive to have water and pasture to feed their animals.

“Our farmers can’t afford to buy water for their animals, we appeal to the government to come in as early as possible. Animals are dying, and even our people can’t access clean water now,” says Mr Nasasira

Experts send a warning to the government

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Green Climate CampaignAfrica (GCCA) Mr. Mugerwa Timothy warned the government to stop the process of constructing the East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP) arguing that; although Uganda is facing a severe drought now, the situation will escalate after the construction of the crude oil pipeline.

“Droughts in Uganda have been exacerbated by the human-induced climate crisis. Humans have put much pressure on nature, they have destroyed the earth’s natural support system. The earth is now paying back but it is just the beginning the worst is yet to come,” says Mr. Mugerwa.

“There’s an urgent need for climate leadership in the country that can deliver practical adaptation and mitigation measures that can reverse some of the effects of the climate crisis and prevent further catastrophe,” he explained.

The situation in Gomba, Mpigi, Butambala districts is alarming as crops are burnt by the sun. Currently, the prices of maize flour has increased to 4,000/= per kilogram for the first time in the history of Uganda.

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