Flash Floods Cut-off Roads in Uganda

November 16, 2013 4:03 pm0 comments by:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAKampala-Flash floods caused by torrential rains have cut off Karamoja region in north eastern Uganda.
The region has for the past two weeks been experiencing heavy torrential rainfalls that have resulted in Bridges being washed away by flash floods.
The Continent Observer reporter who is in the area reports that hundreds of travellers to other parts of Uganda are stranded in the area after several Bridges were swept away by flash floods.
By Saturday evening, hundreds of travelers who include women and children were preparing to spend their third night at the banks of river Ngenge where a major bridge linking Karamoja to eastern Uganda has been washed away by flash floods.
Ahmed Busika a truck driver who has been trapped in the area for the past three days says they are hopping that the water level will go down before they can attempt to cross it.
Busika says he has so far spent a week in vain trying to drive through the 80 kilometer muddy Highway from Nakapiripirit to Mbale in eastern Uganda.


Business Affected
“I don’t know what I will do because the tomatoes i was taking to sell in Karamoja ae all rotten because of the days i have spent at this broken bridge. Government should help us and do something otherwise the future of the business community in Karamoja is bleak” explains Jane Asamo a business woman whose commodities have persihed while waiting to cross the flooded Ngenge River.
The same state of hopelessness is shared by Kasim Mukasa a truck driver who says the poor state of the road has cost him too much in terms of buying spare parts for his vehicle.
Mukasa says he spends almost all the money he has made from the trip in buying spare parts.
Who to Blame
“Whenever I’ am driving along this road i keep praying that the vehicle does not get stuck otherwise the locals will instead attack you. They are not happy when they see you driving a vehicle bearing a government number plate” explains a driver who only identified himself as Simon.
The driver explained that the locals usually attack government officials whom they accuse of failing to fix for them the roads.
An effort made by the Continent Observer to seek comment from Uganda’s Ministry of Works was not possible by the time of filing this report.
Dan Alinange the Spokesperson of the Uganda National Roads Authority did not answer repeated calls made to his cell-phone.
Uganda spends annually a total of 1.1 trillion of its national budget but the state of the roads in most parts of the country is deplorable.


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