Hoima-Kampala Road Closed As River Kafu Floods Top story

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Residents walk though the flooded Kafu bridge Peter Kugonza

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Floods due to heavy rains have blocked the Hoima-Kampala highway after River Kafu burst its banks.

Floods due to heavy rains have blocked the Hoima-Kampala highway after River Kafu burst its banks.
 
Kafo River is the border point between Hoima and Kyankwanzi districts.
 
The river burst its banks on Wednesday night and residents say it's the first time the river has flooded since 2007, when the bridge was constructed.
 
Lydia Tumushabe, the Albert region police spokesperson says police has been prompted to close the road after noticing the water increasing in volume.
 
Tumushabe advised travellers to access Kampala or Kyankwanzi through Masindi.
 
James Kiiza, a driver on the Hoima-Kampala road says driving through running water is risky as the vehicle can be carried away.
 
Kiiza says going through Masindi is far and would lead to a hike in transport fares. Transport Hoima-Kampala is Shillings15, 000. Accessing Kampala through Masindi is a distance of about 200kilometers, an extra 70kilometers for direct travellers.
 
Pupils crossing from the Kyankwanzi to Katereiga Parents Primary School are no longer attending classes because they cannot cross the flooded bridge. Residents fear the bridge could be washed away as the water volume increases time after time.
 
Patrick Nyakairu, the head teacher Katereiga parents primary schools says about 20 pupils have been affected by the problem.
 
Hassan Lukungu, the assistant Manager Uganda National Roads Authority, Hoima area has attributed the problem to heavy rains and blockage of drainage channels at the bridge. 

Lukungu reveals however that the Authority is looking at re-opening the drainage channels to allow water flow. Lukungu says the road closure is the option now as the authority fixes the problem.

 

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