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Landslides Force UNRA to Close Kabale-Ntungamo Road

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Norah Twenda, district councilor representing Kaharo and Maziba sub county in Kabale district says that mudslides have also killed eight goats in Kaharo sub county.
Failed pavememet along Kabale-Ntungamo road

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Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) has temporally closed the Kabale-Ntungamo after landslides destroyed part of the road.

Part of the road in Kaharo sub county, 18 kilometres away from Kabale town developed a pavement failure leading to the temporary closure.

In a statement issued by UNRA on Saturday afternoon, the pavement failure was realized at Nyarungwe Kabaraga hills in Kaharo sub county, Kabale district in the morning. The failure emerged after landslides hit the place adjacent to the road. The landslides resulted from heavy rains which started in the wee hours of Saturday morning at around 2:00AM. 

The statement advises truck drivers driving to Rwanda to use the Ntungamo - Mirama hills road. Truck drivers heading to the Democratic Republic of Congo have been advised to use the alternative route of Mbarara-Ishaka-Katunguru-Ishasha and Mbarara- Ishaka–Kikorongo-Mpondwe Roads.

Augustine Kabale, the UNRA Kabale Station Manager says that UNRA workers are responding to repair the affected place. He declined to reveal why UNRA did not advise truck drivers to use old Kabale road as the alternative route. Our reporter reliably understands that the old Kabale road which is the nearby alternative route is in a sorry state. 

Norah Twenda, a district councilor representing Kaharo and Maziba sub county in Kabale district says that mudslides have also killed eight goats in Kaharo sub county. Twenda also says that the two blocks of Maziba primary school in Maziba sub county which comprises of seven classrooms have been demolished by the mudslides.

She adds that old Kabale road has been completely cut off by the mudslides. Twenda also says that four bodies have been exhumed from graves by mudslides in Rwabachina, Nyanja parish, Maziba sub county.

Wilber Twinamatsiko, a resident of Bwaya in Rubaya sub county says that mudslides have also destroyed eight houses in the sub county. He says that gardens of crops which include sorghum, beans and Irish potatoes among others were also washed away.

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