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Roads Turn into Canals for Water Transport in Serere, Kaberamaido

The most affected roads are located in low lying areas near the shores of Lake Kyoga. They have been submerged with water for close to two years now. In the Serere district, more than ten roads have completely been cut off, making transport to areas like Atiira, Kagwara, Odapakol, Kateta and others very difficult.
Boats being used on the road connecting to Murem Sub County in Kaberamaido.

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A number of roads in Serere and Kaberamaido district in Teso Sub Region have become impassable by motor vehicles, forcing road users to opt for boats.

The most affected roads are located in low lying areas near the shores of Lake Kyoga. They have been submerged with water for close to two years now. In Serere district, more than ten roads have completely been cut off, making transport to areas like Atiira, Kagwara, Odapakol, Kateta and others very difficult.

According to Simon Peter Emesu, the District Engineer at Serere District, the affected roads cannot be worked on in their current state by the district. He says that the roads require high technology and resources, amounting to more than 10 billion shillings to be worked on.

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In Kaberamaido, Murem Sub County has remained inaccessible, disconnecting about 13,000 people in the area. The sub-county with only HCII is struggling to transport mothers for deliveries to the nearest HC111 which is located about 22 kilometres away from the cutoff point.

In Ochero Sub County, Oyala area with a population of about 500 people cannot be accessed. 

But the Minister of State in charge of Teso Affairs, Dr Kenneth Ongalo Obote says the community is responsible for natural disasters now affecting the road network.

Dr Ongalo, who was touring the roads in Kaberamaido said that human activities like growing of rice in the swamps, cutting down trees for charcoal and other unfriendly environmental practices have caused flooding in the affected areas of Serere and Kaberamaido.

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Victor Rex Ekesu, the District Chairperson of Kaberamaido says that submerged roads have slowed down the vaccination exercise against COVID-19 and other immunization programs in Murem and Oyala. He notes that only 300 people have been vaccinated against COVID-19 in Murem because of transport challenges.

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Besides transport challenges, the increasing water levels from Lake Kyoga has displaced thousands of people in Serere, Kaberamaido and Kalaki district since 2020.