Floods Cut Off Soroti–Amuria Road

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In short
Flash floods at Aboliapesur swamp in Amuria have cut off the road connecting Soroti and Amuria districts.

Flash floods at Aboliapesur swamp in Amuria have cut off the road connecting Soroti and Amuria districts.
 This has paralyzed transport between Soroti, Amuria, Abim and Kotido districts.
The road was submerged at three different sections within a space over the past one week as heavy rains continued to pound the area.
 The three major swamps include Dakabela, Apege and Aboliapesur. The most affected is Aboliapesur swamp where vehicles can no longer cross to Amuria district.
As a result, travellers have resorted to using the longer Katakwi-Wera- Asamuk road to connect to Amuria town, Acowa and Kapelebyong. Other motorists use Lira road then branch from Atirir centre in Katine Sub County to Orungo-Morungatuny and then connect to Amuria town.
Juma Abdula a driver along Soroti - Amuria road, told Uganda Radio Network that formerly they would spend between 30 to 45 minutes but now they spend about two hours on the road.
Charles Oule, the acting Engineer, Amuria district told URN the most affected roads are those under the Uganda National Roads Authority—UNRA maintenance. Oule explained that the heavy rains have affected the roads and the district has no funds to cater for emergencies.
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George Okello Elapu, a local contractor in Amuria, told URN the roads in Amuria are impassable.
Okello noted that his vehicle got stuck and forcing them to stay on the road for several hours.
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John Francis Oluma, the Amuria local council 5 chairperson, said three bridges have been destroyed by the water and no vehicle can cross to Amuria.

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Oluma appeals to UNRA to take the issue of Soroti–Amuria road as an emergency. He says it’s the sole responsibility of UNRA to maintain the roads because this is a Central road.
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Paul Edotu, assistant Chief Administrative Officer Amuria district says he has reported the issue to UNRA.
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 Steven C. Sikuku, the UNRA Soroti  Station engineer they are planning to fix culverts and put marram on the Soroti- Amuria road this weekend.


About the author

Salume Among
Salume Among is the Mbale URN bureau chief. Among has been a URN staff member since 2012.

Among started her career in 2000 as a freelance writer for Etop newspaper before starting to write for its mother paper, The New Vision. She also wrote for the Vision Group's XFM radio station from 2008 until she left to join URN.

Among has a keen interest in local politics having been a youth representative in the Soroti variously between 1996 and 2010. Among also regularly reports on health, education, the environment and sports.