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Flash Floods Disrupt Repair Of Northern Railway Line :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Flash Floods Disrupt Repair Of Northern Railway Line

Rift Valley Railways-RVR is currently carrying out us$2million major repair works along the 500 kilometer Tororo-Pakwach railway line.
PART OF THE RAILWAY LINE SUBMERGED BY FLASH FLOODS

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The ongoing repair of the Tororo-Pakwach railway line has been disrupted by Torrential rains. Rift Valley Railways-RVR is currently carrying out major repair works along the 500 kilometer Tororo-Pakwach railway line worth US $2million. The repair works are ahead of the resumption of rail transport, along the northern route which is expected by 25th of August this year. However, flash floods triggered by torrential rain have washed away part of the railway line hampering the progress of the repair works.

Cerina Zalwango, the Rift Valley Railways Spokesperson says the flash floods that have washed away part of the line in Soroti, Lolim and Pakwach. Zalwango says flash floods washed away fifty meters of railway line from Awoja swamp in Soroti and also submerged about 50 meters of the railway line at Awoja swamp in Soroti. She says the part around Awoja Bridge remains submerged under water. Zalwango however says that their engineers have so far installed four barrels which measure 1.2 meter diameter culverts and re-railed the damaged part.

Mark Rumanyika, the General Manager RVR Uganda says the damaged parts of the railway line will be fixed during the second phase of the repairs and will involve putting in place major culverts in areas that have been submerged by floods. Rumanyika stresses the importance of the Northern railway line saying it’s timely because of the recent discovery of hydro carbons in the Albertine region and also offers access to the seaport for the landlocked Southern Sudan. Isaac Otim, an official of Kato Constructors says that the obstacles they are facing include areas of the railway line where Gulu Municipal Council was dumping garbage. Otim says some parts of the railway line had also been blocked by illegal roads that had been created by the local authorities.

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The 500 kilometer northern railway line has been out of operation for the last 18years due to insecurity and vandalism. RVR says the line between Tororo and Soroti has been repaired and train services are due to resume along that section.

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