By Ismael Kasooha and Robert Atuhaire
River Waiga on the Buliisa-Masindi road has burst its banks paralysing transport to Buliisa.
The river flooded on Thursday following torrential rains for the last three days in the district of Buliisa which have left several low-lying areas also flooded.
The new bridge constructed to allow the transportation of machinery to the oil fields is completely submerged and vehicles are now using the old bridge which is narrow to cross.
David Wanume, the Ag. Station engineer Masindi station under Uganda National roads authority-UNRA, said a team of experts has been dispatched to assess the condition of the bridge.
“We have been informed of the flooding of the diversion bridge and we are in the process of doing the needful,” said Wanume.
He said that the flooded bridge was constructed by Tullow oil Uganda to enable them transport equipment on wide trucks which could not use the old one.
Wanume said that the existing bridge is still strong although it is risky and dangerous to allow wide trucks to use it.
“We are in touch with Tullow to see how we can widen the existing bridge because it is still strong,” said Wanume.
Jonathan Bintamanya, a resident in the area, told the New Vision that this new bridge always floods whenever they experience heavy rains.
“This river bursts the banks every time we experience heavy rainfall and the problem has not been fixed,” said Bintamanya.
John Byaruhanga, a taxi driver on the Hoima-Buliisa road, said that he is worried that the existing bridge might collapse due to the heavy trucks that have resorted to it.
“We are not sure whether these heavily loaded trucks will not cause problems for us by using this old bridge,” said Byaruhanga.