Heavy Rains Affect Fort-Portal Kyenjojo Road

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On Friday evening, Kitengule swamp flooded forcing the road to become slippery, leaving several vehicles stranded.

Heavy rains and floods have rendered some sections of the Fort Portal-Kyenjojo highway impassable.

The affected area is Kirima in Butiti Sub County. Since Thursday, the region has been experiencing heavy rains.

On Friday evening, Kitengule swamp flooded forcing the road to become slippery, leaving several vehicles stranded. The water covered a stretch of about 100 meters, paralyzing transport between Fort-Portal and Kampala.

Last night more than 20 vehicles destined for Kampala and Fort Portal lined up waiting for the water to subside on the road that is currently under expansion.

Aloysius Baguma, a taxi driver plying the Kyenjojo- Fort Portal road says that he got stuck for close to three hours waiting for the water to subside. He also says that several trucks carrying merchandise to Kampala got stuck for several hours.

Francis Mwine, the Fort Portal station Engineer Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) says that if rains continue, it could affect expansion of the road and paralyze traffic. Mwine however says that the rains have not washed away the two bridges under construction.

He is optimistic that the water will reduce since UNRA is working around to ensure that the affected section of the road is worked on.

In 2015, government awarded the contract for expansion of the 50km road to China Wu Yi Company at a cost of Shs71 billion.  

By the time of filling the story, several vehicles stretching more than 10 kilometers were still held up on the road as traffic officers directed the smooth flow of traffic.