Is the Moru Otukei rock in Ngora district experiencing volcanic activity?
That is the fear that has gripped the residents of Ngora town in eastern Uganda after the district environment department issued a report of possible volcanic activity on the rock.
As a result, a directive has been issued to the community of Okisim Ward – where the rock is located – in Ngora town council not to go near the rock, with signs of heating and cracking reported.
National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) officials led by Julius Muyizzi, a geospatial analyst, visited the rock.
Ambrose Onoria, the resident district commissioner of Ngora, also went to the site and told residents to be ready in case government finds it necessary to relocate them.
The environment office has directed the district to consider resettling the most vulnerable people to safer areas so as to prevent loss of life.
“The community’s concern was also true, in that volcanic activity is taking place; evidenced by the boiling sound associated with heat, which increases as you advance towards the rock,” said Margaret Awekonimungu, the acting environment officer of Ngora district in her report to the district leadership.
She visited the rock on Thursday after locals reported possible volcanic activity.
Cracks were also seen developing at the foot of the rock, added Awekonimungu, and that they were ‘increasing in size”.
More to follow . . .