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Floods cut off west Nile

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Added 3rd December 2019 07:50 PM

According to the Uganda National Roads Authority, the teams from Gulu and Arua are mobilising equipment to clear the road

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According to the Uganda National Roads Authority, the teams from Gulu and Arua are mobilising equipment to clear the road

West Nile region has been cut off after floods deposited debris, weed and other plants on the Pakwach road making it impossible for motorists and pedestrians to cross.


A section of the road that was cut off. Courtsey pictures
 
According to the Uganda National Roads Authority, the teams from Gulu and Arua are mobilising equipment to clear the road.

River Nile, the longest river in the world burst its banks causing flooding at Pakwach bridge in Nwoya district this afternoon. 
 
The incident that is described as the first, has blocked traffic along Pakwach-Karuma road.
 
According to Steen Omito, the Pakwach district LC5 chairman, the river burst its banks at around 3:00pm.
 
He explained that no vehicle can use the road as it has been cut off completely, adding that two vehicles that wanted to cross have submerged. 
 
"Although no life has been lost, the situation is bad, already two vehicles have submerged," he said.





 
The authority has also advised travellers to use ferries to and from West Nile as they work to make the road usable.

UNRA, However, says the bridge was not affected.



Meanwhile, the Hamurwa-Kanungu rod, connecting the districts of Kanungu and Rubanda has been cut after a bridge was washed away.

The residents have been advised to use and alternative route as the UNRA officials wait for the water to subside before they embark on the repair of the bridge.

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