17 May 2012

Uganda: Floods Cut Off Import Entry At Malaba

Photo: Ali Mambule/ New Vision
A road submerged by floods.

Traffic flow on the great northern corridor on Malaba - Tororo high way was Wednesday paralyzed for more than three hours after Nyalakot and Nyamatunga bridges were sub merged by the floods.

Three motorcycle riders were reportedly washed away when they attempted to cross the water. However, the riders and their passengers were quickly retrieved by the residents who rushed to witness the surging streams.

Several homesteads were also submerged with all households items soaked in water and a number of domestic animals killed. The occupants were forced to rush to higher land.

The police led by the district traffic officer Francis Bainomugisha rushed to the scene to control the traffic flow to avoid having people drowning in the streams. The incident that occurred from 6: 00pm was caused by a heavy down pour.

The incident comes just a week after five people drowned at Tororo-Nagongera Road when the bridge near Rubongi military barracks was also submerged.

The heavy rains have also weakened the Malaba border bridge causing cracks and huge potholes.

Farmers in Tororo district are also counting losses after their fish ponds, crops have been destroyed by the heavy rains.

In other parts of the country Masaka and some parts of western Uganda, floods have also wreckage havoc there.

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