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Large Gullies, Broken Culverts Cut Off Roads in Gulu, Omoro Districts

The gullies have formed along the Corner Pageya-Kidere-Atoo Hill-Omel road following torrential rains that also washed away several culverts along with Larwodo and Layiebit Bridges. Vincent Ouma, the Omel Sub-County Chairperson told URN that the broken culverts and deadly gullies have since become a threat to the lives of motorists and other road users.
21 Jul 2021 13:38
A large gulley formed just before Larwodo Bridge in Omel B village, Omel Sub-County in Gulu District - Photo by Dominic Ochola

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Transport is paralyzed along major feeder roads in the newly created Omel Sub-County in Gulu district as a result of large gullies and broken culverts on two bridges.

The gullies have formed along the Corner Pageya-Kidere-Atoo Hill-Omel road following torrential rains that also washed away several culverts along with Larwodo and Layiebit Bridges. Vincent Ouma, the Omel Sub-County Chairperson told URN that the broken culverts and deadly gullies have since become a threat to the lives of motorists and other road users.

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Omel Sub-County Councilor Walter Tootika, explained that one of the affected roads links Paicho Sub-County in Gulu District to Orapwoyo Sub-County, Lakwaya Sub-County and Acet Town Council in Omoro District. Tootika pointed out that the crisis has cut off area residents of Omel B village from accessing vital health services and markets.

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Speaking to URN during an interview on Wednesday, Francis Mayi, the Secretary for Works and Technical Services said that last Friday, the District dispatched a team of technocrats headed by the District Engineer to assess the extent of damages on the road. He added that while the two bridges need urgent rehabilitation works, it has not been catered for in the current Financial Year 2021/2022 budget.

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Gulu District proposed a budget of 31 billion Shillings for the Financial Year 2021-22, with 1.2 billion Shillings of the money allocated to roads and technical services.