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Heavy Rains Wash Away Karamoja Roads Again :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Heavy Rains Wash Away Karamoja Roads Again

Heavy rains have again rendered some of the roads in Karamoja region impassable just weeks after government started the rehabilitation work.

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Heavy rains have again rendered some of the roads in Karamoja region impassable just weeks after government started the rehabilitation work.

 

By Sunday evening, the Soroti-Moroto road had been cut off from Iriiri and Olilim in Napak district while the Moroto-Kotido road is also cut off after Lopei Bridge at the border of Moroto and Kotido was over flooded following constant heavy rains.

More than 20 vehicles are stuck at Olilim on the Katakwi side. The vehicles include three passenger buses – two belonging to Gate Way Bus Services and one from Teso Coach that were traveling from Kampala to Moroto. Also stuck at Olilim is a UN World Food Program trailer.

Travelers from Kampala to Moroto using the three buses had to spend their night in the cold. Meanwhile one of the gate way buses reportedly swerved off the road and nearly overturned slightly injuring five people.

Hassan Sentamu, the Moroto Station Engineer for Uganda National Road Authority – UNRA told Uganda Radio Network on Monday that his team has been dispatched with graders and an excavator to Iriiri.

Sentamu says other roads such as Muyembe-Namalu to Mbale, Namalu-Nakatuny, Namalu –Lorengidwat in Napak and Nakapiripirit districts are also impassable.

Eng. Sentamu says UNRA has been on emergency rescue work along all the major roads leading into Karamoja region for the past one month but that their work has been hampered by the torrential rains that have been pouring on almost a daily basis for the past three weeks.

He notes that they had already done graveling and excavation of the drainage system on these major roads but that they were forced to demobilize their equipments and park them at their yard because of the torrential rains.

Sentamu says soon after the rains subside they will embark on the heavy grading of the roads.

Engineer Godfrey Kaya Mukasa, the Uganda National Road Authority Manager Eastern Region fears for the worst should the rains continue.

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