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Cracks Emerge on Fort-Portal-Bundibugyo Road

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The cracks developed at Bubukwanga, just about six kilometers from Bundibugyo town. The construction of Fort-Portal Bundibugyo road was completed in 2013 with funding from the African Development Bank to the tune of Shillings 147 billion.
Cracks along Bundibugyo- Fort Portal Road
Cracks have emerged along Fort Portal- Bundibugyo road following a heavy downpour and landslides in Bundibugyo district on Tuesday.

The cracks developed at Bubukwanga, just about six kilometres from Bundibugyo town. The construction of Fort-Portal Bundibugyo road was completed in 2013 with funding from the African Development Bank to the tune of Shillings 147 billion.

The 79-kilometre road was constructed to ease transport and facilitate the movement of cocoa from Bundibugyo, which is the leading producer of the cash crop in the country.

Bundibugyo District Engineer Robert Muhindo says they are yet to establish the depth of the cracks, but hastens to add that the damage cannot be underestimated.

He says they have already notified Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) about the damage on the road which falls under its jurisdiction. He says the rains also destroyed six bridges along the road. They include the bridges crossing Lugo, Nyaruru, Tokwe and Kinyangende rivers.

He says the local government is constrained to reinstate the bridges and fears that transport could be paralysed in the district for a long period unless the central government and other humanitarian bodies chip in to support. 

Kurusumu Kabasinguzi, the Bundibugyo District Environment, says the rains also caused extensive damage to crops in the area.  Kabasinguzi revealed that crops such as cocoa, vanilla, beans, bananas and cassava have been severely affected.  

She says the district could be headed for disaster especially famine owing to the severe destruction. Tuesday's heavy rains came barely a week after floods displaced several people, destroyed crops and property in the same district. Kabasinguzi says the district is simply experiencing the effects of global warming.

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