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Floods Cut Off Major Bridges in Busia District

On Wednesday, River Solo burst its banks and swept part of Solo Bridge while Nakhola Bridge was flooded by the water from part of River Malaba.
The flooded Solo Bridge

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Road users have been stranded after floods cut off two major bridges in Sikuda Sub County, Busia district.  The bridges are Solo which connects from Sikuda to Dabani sub-county and the Nakhola bridge which connects Sikuda to Busitema sub-county through Busitema University.    

On Wednesday, River Solo burst its banks and swept part of Solo Bridge while Nakhola Bridge was flooded by the water from part of River Malaba.  URN reporter saw several people stranded on either side of the bridge.

Sylvester Egesa, the acting Busia District Engineer says that they are waiting for funds to repair the bridges.

Fred Mayende, Omudinka Siraji, Wafula Nambolwa among other residents of Sikuda sub-county says that the flooding of the two bridges has affected the movement of their children to school. He adds that the roads leading to the schools are also impassable.

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Hannington Wabwire, the LCI Chairman Buchicha Village says that Solo Bridge has been in a sorry state for the last five years. He says that last year, two people were swept off by the high volume of water. 

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Moses Okello, the District Councilor Sikuda sub-county says that he will follow up with the works committee chairperson about the 5 million shillings that was allocated for the refurbishment of the Solo Bridge.  

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Abubakar Bin Issa, the Sikuda Sub County LCIII Chairman says that they have written several letters requesting intervention but in vain. He says that the bridge becomes impassable whenever it rains paralyzing transport in the area. He says that residents should not cross the submerged bridge, saying they risk drowning.

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