AMURIA – Flash floods caused by torrential rains have cut off roads in Karamoja region making it difficult for the motorist to access in and out of the region.
Over the last two weeks, the region has been experiencing heavy torrential rainfalls that have resulted in Bridges being washed away by flash floods.
By Monday evening, hundreds of travelers from Soroti to Kotido through Amuria to Abim spent night after the bus they were traveling to got stuck around the border of Amuria and Abim district.
Mr. Abudi Rashidr the gateway bus conductor who has been trapped in the area for one night has told PML Daily on Tuesday morning that they are hoping that the road constructor creates water channels so avoid waterlogging on the roads.
“We managed to remove the bus from the mud by Allah’s grace otherwise it was difficult,” he said.
The road is under the management of the Uganda Nation Toads Authority (UNRA).
Meanwhile, other roads that connect Karamoja to Mbale via Nakapiripirit, Bulambuli is also at the poor state.
Mr. Robert Okitoi, the district LCV chairperson of Amuria said so far the road that connects Amuria, Kapelebyong and Abim is already cut off.
“The road is full of water, vehicles can’t access but we have directed the district constructor at work with the team of Uganda National Roads Authority to see all possible ways for the vehicles to move,” he said.
He, however, welcomed the returned of rains saying people have been crying for rain and many farmers are now in the gardens planting the crops.
This is not the first time rain cutting off roads in Karamoja, every year when its rainy season major roads in Karamoja become impassable making it difficult to access the region.
Prices of commodities also go high as traders face a big challenge of transporting commodities to the region.