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Heavy Rains Disrupt Business Across the Country

Stephen Gang, the Gulu Area Manager of National Water and Sewerage Corporation, says the heavy rains have also affected water supply to Gulu town.

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Heavy rains have disrupted business and destroyed several roads in different parts of the country. Kabarole district has been experiencing heavy rains since Saturday forcing some traders especially second hand cloth and produce dealers to abandon business. 

 

Sandra Tumusiime, one of the affected traders says she has received a few customers since Saturday because of the persistent rains. She told URN this morning that she had only sold produce worth Shillings 10,000 yet she has to pay Shillings 2000 in daily operational fees to the market authorities.

 

Charles Asiimwe, another trader says that the customers are hesitant to go to the market because some parts get flooded when it rains.

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Imelda Katusabe, a second hand cloth vendor, says that whenever it rains, she has no option but close her business and wait until the rain stops. In the Lango sub region, most people could not get out of their homes on Monday morning to embark on their daily chores as the rain continued throughout the morning hours.

In some areas like Oyam and parts of Kole and Apac districts, it started raining on Sunday evening at about 5:pm and poured throughout the night until this morning.

In areas bordering Lira and Pader districts, the rains that started on Friday evening caused the death of three people from the same family due to flooding of river Aswa.

David Elich, the LC 3 chairman of Aromo Sub County in Lira bordering puranga in Awere Sub county, Pader district says crossing Aswa River from one side of the district to the other has become almost impossible.

Aswa Bridge has for the past three years been under construction by the UPDF engineering team. Elich said on Saturday morning an eight month-old expectant mother from Aromo drowned together with her two children as she tried to cross the river to Awere in Pader when the canoe they were using capsized in the river.

 

He identified the deceased as 37- year old Esther Adar, and her daughter Nancy Atim 10 years old and Hild Amuge 7 Years Old. Their floating bodies were recovered on Saturday evening and were buried on Sunday. In the districts of Abim, Kotido and Kaabong, there were heavy showers throughout the night.  

Nelson Otim Olwit, the Assistant Chief Administrative Officer Abim, says he has spent more than five years without experiencing such a heavy down pour. Otim, who was still locked up in his house because of rain, says it had taken about five hours raining.

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In Gulu Town, the area experienced downpours last evening, impacting on transport and farming. MP Anthony Akol, the Kilak North Member of Parliament, says at least three major roads have been rendered impassable in Amuru district. The affected roads he says are Awer - Amuru - Rhino Camp road, Pabbo to Adjumani and Atiak to Palabek Ogili in Lamwo district via Okidi.

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Stephen Gang, the Gulu Area Manager of National Water and Sewerage Corporation, says the heavy rains have also affected water supply to Gulu town. He says the heavy rains affect the quality of raw water in Oyitino Dam by causing heavy turbulence thereby increasing the cost of treatment or purification.

 

In Luwero district, feeder roads have become impassable following heavy rains this morning. The most affected sub counties include Lamira, Makulubita, Kikyusa and Nyimbwa.

Livingstone Kategeya, the former LC3 Chairperson Kamira Sub County says motorists have shunned the roads for fear of getting stuck. He says that the state of the roads will hinder transportation of produce to markets in Luwero town and Kampala.

In Masaka, Rakai, Bukomansimbi, Lyantonde and Kyotera districts the farmers are gearing up for planting as rains set in unusually early.

Hassan Musoka Miiro, the Masaka District Extension Worker, says by now farmers should have started planting because the rain started early enough. He says with climate change, the seasons have also changed making rain unpredictable.  

Miiro explains that normally, farmers are supposed to prepare their gardens in July ready to plant by August. He says unless otherwise, the current rain indicates start of the rainy season which farers should utilize.

It is only Sembabule, Kalungu and Lwengo, which have not yet received serious rain. In Katakwi and Amuria districts, major community roads are impassable especially in Ongongoja Sub County.

 

 

In Orungu Sub County, community roads including one that connects from Atiriri in Soroti to Orungu are also in a very bad shape.

 

Report compiled by Edward Bindhe, Brian Luwaga, Edward Eninu, Peter Labeja, Ronald Odong and Denis Olaka

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