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    COVID-19: Govt warns of severe food shortage
    By Taddeo Bwambale
    Added 15th July 2020 10:58 PM

    Uganda is bracing for a severe food shortage over the next four months, resulting from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and extreme weather conditions, officials have said.

    The state minister for relief and disaster preparedness, Musa Ecweru, told a delegation of officials led by the China's Ambassador to Uganda, Zheng Zhuqiang, who visited the Office of the Prime Minister, yesterday, that the food shortages were predicted to occur between November this year and March next year.

    The exact number of those at risk of food shortage remains unclear, but recent estimates show that over 300,000 people have been displaced and lost their livelihood due to natural disasters.

    In western Uganda districts including Kasese, Bundibugyo and Ntoroko over 110,000 people were displaced by floods that razed hundreds of acres of food crops to the ground in May this year.

    The Minister for Relief, Disaster Preparedness and Refugees, Eng. Hillary Onek, said many more districts including Kampala, Hoima, Kikuube and Wakiso are at risk of food shortage.

    Onek said fishing communities around the Lake Victoria islands were among the most affected as many businesses were submerged by flash floods...