Flood risk assessment of River Nyamwamba in Kasese District
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River Nyamwamba originates from Mountain Rwenzori flowing through Kasese district pouring its waters in lake George. Over the years, frequent floods have posed a great threat to communities in the catchment especially in Kilembe town where it has destroyed bridges, houses, hospital facilities, killing and displacing people. This study aimed at carrying out a flood risk assessment through rainfall data analysis, GIS, hydrological and hydraulic modelling. Hydrological modelling was done with HEC-HMS using Curve Number method as loss method and Muskingum for routing to simulate run-off from the catchment. Flow simulations were forecast for various return periods producing flow hydrographs for each event. HEC-RAS was used to carry out hydraulic modelling from the run off data and subsequent flood plain maps developed for each flood event. A flood plain management programme the various flood plain zones as then developed regulating and restricting activities that can be carried out with the catchment.