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Floods Cut Off Six Villages in Agago District

The rains have submerged feeder roads and major bridges in the area leaving residents struggling to access social services.

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Six villages in Lapelebong Sub County, Agago District have been cut off by floods caused by heavy rains. The affected villages include Alwa, Alwa Central, Barayom, Barayom Central, Orina and Otumpili.

The rains have submerged feeder roads and major bridges in the area leaving residents struggling to access social services.

Bosco Okidi, the Councilor LCV representing Lapelobong Sub County says that the rains have left residents stranded after roads and the bridges connecting the affected villages were submerged for two months. According to Okidi, residents have opted for alternative longer routes and now traverse the Sub Counties of Ajali, Patongo, Patongo Town Council and Omot to access services at Lapelebong Sub County headquarters.

Okidi says services that include covid-19 vaccination exercise have been affected since health workers cannot access the affected villages.

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The LCIII councillor III Orina Parish Charles Ongom says for close to five years now the area has continued to be flooded following rising water levels of River Agago. Ongom says flooding of roads connecting Lapelabong to other places has been impassable and paralyzed transport.

According to Ongom, the rains have affected peoples’ livelihood, leaving mainly farmers stranded because they are unable to access their farmlands in Obur-Gulu and Kulu-Dwong.

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The Agago County MP David Lagen says that although constructing a permanent bridge could solve the persistent rising water levels, securing a small motorized boat that will transport residents to access essential social services would be useful. 

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The Civil Engineer at the Ministry of Works and Transport Richard Odongo who has visited the affected areas to assess the situation and evaluate mechanisms of repairs says undertaking works on the infrastructures can only be possible until water levels subside along wetlands or swamps.