Floods wash away bridges in Bugisu
By YAHUDU KITUNZI
The ongoing heavy rain in Bugisu Sub-region has washed away nearly 20 bridges on several roads connecting the sub-region to various districts, leaving travellers stranded.
The rivers that burst their banks due to the downpour include, Manafwa, Solokho, Tsutu, Namatala and Nabuyonga.
Some of the affected bridges include Buwagogo that connects Manafwa to Lwakhakha boarder. The bridge on River Solokho was also swept away and so was Kufu Bridge that connects Bupoto to Magale in Namisindwa District.
Some traders yesterday said they were stranded with their merchandise that has perishables. The Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) said other bridges affected include Kufu in Manafwa District and Kiguli Bridge in Sironko District.
Bubulo-Bududa road has also been affected but remains mortorable while Naboa-Nabinada road has been affected by floods.
“We are to construct a temporally bridge and install culverts. Passengers must use other available routes. Our maintenance team is monitoring these sections and will intervene as soon as the water levels subside,” Mr Mark Ssali, the UNRA spokesperson, said.
Mr Jude Wamono, a businessman in Manafwa Town, asked government to help restore the affected bridges.
“Most of the bridges have been washed away by floods and we are now stuck. We request UNRA to intervene,” Mr Wamono said.