By Ismael Kasooha and Robert Atuhaire
River Waiga on the Buliisa-Masindi road has burst its banks paralyzing transport to Buliisa.
The river flooded on Thursday after torrential rains in Buliisa which left several low lying areas flooded.
The new bridge constructed to allow the transportation of machinery to the oil fields is completely submerged and vehicles were 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 wide trucks which could not use the existing bridge there.
Wanume said that the existing bridge is still strong although it is risky and dangerous to allow wider 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 local resident told the New Vision that the new bridge floods whenever its rains heavily.