Torrential Rains Render Karamoja Roads impassable

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The most affected is the Nakapiripirit-Moroto- Mbale road.

The road network in Karamoja region has been rendered impassable because of torrential rains being experienced in the region. The most affected is the Nakapiripirit-Moroto- Mbale road. The road is badly damaged at Cheputui Bridge in Kween district and Okududu swamp. Richard Wanyoto is transporter who plies the Mbale-Karamoja road. Wanyoto says that he has spent 4 days at Okududu swamp in Nakapiripirit district.

He explains that he lost a lot of money since he got stuck on Monday adding that his lorry will need a lot or repairs once it is pushed from the swamp. Wanyoto says that his truck got stuck in a flooded area. By Thursday afternoon another Moroto-Kotodi road had also been cut after Lopei Bridge was submerged on Wednesday night following a heavey down pour. Over 10 vehicles destined for Kotido and Abim are lined up at Lopei trading centre waiting for the water to subside.

Andrew Napaja, Kotido Resident Commissioner a victim of the floods says the water has covered a stretch of about 100 meters, adding that the water is about 2.5 meters high. However, Napaja is optimistic that the water will reduce in the next 48 hours. Travellers from Kampala to Moroto spent cold nights at Lorengechora and Nakichumet areas along the road the Moroto-Soroti road.

Hassan Ssentamu, the Moroto station Engineer Uganda National Roads Authority-UNRA says there is fear that if rains continue most of the roads will be submerged. He says the Uganda National Roads Authority is working around to have the soaked up spots repaired. Sentamu says that UNRA will for the rains to subside in Karamoja before carrying out repairs on other areas.

Ssentamu advises travelers to Mbale to avoid Nabilatuk-Angatun road and instead use the road via Nakapiripirit district headquarters.  He attributes the increased road destruction in Karamoja over a doubled rain fall pattern compared to last year.


About the author

Olandason Wanyama
Olandason Wanyama is the Karamoja region bureau chief. Amudat, Nakapiripirit, Moroto, Abim, Kotido and Kaabong districts fall under his docket. Wanyama has been a URN staff member since 2012.

The former teacher boasts of 20 years journalism experience. Wanyama started out as a freelance writer for the Daily Monitor newspaper in 1991 in Entebbe. Wanyama also wrote for the army publication Tarehe Sita, the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) magazine and The New Vision. While not on the beat, Wanyama taught child soldiers at Uganda Airforce School-Katabi.

Wanyama is very interested in conflict reporting, climate change, education, health and business reporting. He is also an avid photographic chronicler of vanishing tribal life in the East African region.