Heavy Rains Wash Away Bridges and Roads in Iganga District

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Heavy rains have damaged roads in Iganga district forcing transporters to use longer, alternative routes.

Heavy rains have damaged roads in Iganga district forcing transporters to use longer, alternative routes.

Janet Takobye, a resident of Itanda village in Nambaale Sub County says the rain washed away some of the bridges rendering the roads impassable.
 
One of the affected sub counties is Nambaale Sub County where the roads from Namungalwe to Bukoona road, Nabitende- Namusisi- Biwerempe to Itanda roads have been cut off. Other affected sub counties include Nakigo and Bulamagi.

Ezra Gabula, Secretary for Works Iganga district Local Government says that at least 40 kilometres of road meant to be worked on this financial year have been affected. Gabula says most of the affected roads are meant to be maintained by the Uganda National Roads Authority - UNRA.
 
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The most affected road users are traders from Iganga, Kaliro and Luuka. Most of them deal in agricultural produce like tomatoes, onions, cabbages, greens and carrots.
 
Hundreds of sugarcane growers have been stuck with the cane for three weeks now, and they worry that they will make huge loses if URNA does not fix the roads.

John Mulaza, a fruits trader from Iganga says it is now costly to transport items from his garden to the main roads, across the sub merged bridges.

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Mulaza buys fruits to sell at Iganga and Jinja central market every week, but has been forced to use alternative longer routes via Luuka, Kamuli and Kaliro districts.

Daniel Alinange, the UNRA spokesperson, says UNRA has sent a team to assess the damage on the roads and bridges in Iganga district.