Damage Scale Evident as Extreme Weather Clears in Karamoja

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In short
Heavy rains demolished a number of road sections impeding transport to and from Karamoja, while homesteads were soaked into floods endangering lives of several families in the districts of Nakapiripirit, Kotido and Moroto.

Extreme weather that hit Karamoja sub region in recent months has cleared up leaving the highest scale of damage to the infrastructure.

Heavy rains demolished a number of road sections impeding transport to and from Karamoja, while homesteads were soaked into floods endangering lives of several families in the districts of Nakapiripirit, Kotido and Moroto.

The overspills caused extensive damage to Lopei Bridge along Moroto-Kotido road, Olilim village some 112 kilometers' from Moroto along Soroti- Moroto road and Moroto-Mbale via Nakapiripirit road at Okudud village.

John Lorot, the chairman Nakapiripirit district says the roads in Karamoja require a lot of attention. He cites the road from Nakapiripirit to Sironko is a lifeline to the sub region because all food supplies to Karamoja come through the same route.

Lorot adds that once in shape, the route also provides a shorter travel distance to Mbale via Nakapiripirit. At the moment motorists use the Soroti roads because it's in a better condition.

Road users are also asking government to take advantage of the upcoming dry season to repair the demolished infrastructure in order to ensure that business in Karamoja is not paralyzed. Hajji Ahmed Kasozi, a Gateway bus driver says his company was considering pulling out from Karamoja had the rains persisted.

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Abdu Majid Kafeero, a truck driver plying Moroto-Soroti road recounts the losses they incurred at the height of the bad weather and appeals to the Uganda National Roads Authority-UNRA to undertake urgent repairs on the roads.

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Hassan Ssentamu, the Station Engineer Moroto says they have laid strategies to ensure roads in South Karamoja are motorable. He explains that a contractor deployed a year ago has tried to guarantee that traffic flow is not disrupted and adds that plans are underway to refurbish all the bad spots.

 

About the author

Olandason Wanyama
Olandason Wanyama is the Karamoja region bureau chief. Amudat, Nakapiripirit, Moroto, Abim, Kotido and Kaabong districts fall under his docket. Wanyama has been a URN staff member since 2012.

The former teacher boasts of 20 years journalism experience. Wanyama started out as a freelance writer for the Daily Monitor newspaper in 1991 in Entebbe. Wanyama also wrote for the army publication Tarehe Sita, the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) magazine and The New Vision. While not on the beat, Wanyama taught child soldiers at Uganda Airforce School-Katabi.

Wanyama is very interested in conflict reporting, climate change, education, health and business reporting. He is also an avid photographic chronicler of vanishing tribal life in the East African region.