Kotido -Moroto Road Cut Off By Flash Floods After Days of Heavy Rains

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Moses Ogosa, a passenger who travelled from Moroto town to Kotido via Soroti, says he had no option since he had to be at his duty station on Monday.

Flash floods have cut off Moroto - Kotido Road following three days of heavy rain. Rains pounded Moroto since Friday afternoon and went on from more than 72 hours causing river Lopei to flood and cut off the road affect traffic flow from Kotido to Moroto towns.
 


On Sunday afternoon, the vehicles headed for Moroto from Kotido had to make a u - turn as they couldn't cross the swollen river. Several passenger service vehicles going either way had to cancel their journey until the water subsides. Emmanuel Lojok, a radio presenter in Kotido was held up in Moroto town because of the floods. 




He told Uganda Radio Network on Sunday that he would wait until the road is passable. "I should have gone back to Kotido yesterday but our road is cut off. I have to wait until its passable," said Lojok on phone. Private vehicle are now using the longer route from Moroto to Soroti and then Soroti Amuria- Abim to Kotido Road covering a total distance of 376 km (230 miles).



This is rout is about three times longer than from Moroto to Kotido, which is 111.1km (69 miles). It means drivers and passengers have to pay more than twice the normal cost of 20 000 Shillings if they travelled via Soroti. Passengers going to Kotido from Moroto or from the latter through the same route have to dig deep into their pockets as the fare rises to Shillings 45 000 instead of only Shillings 20 000.



 
Moses Ogosa, a passenger who travelled from Moroto town to Kotido via Soroti, says he had no option since he had to be at his duty station on Monday. "I used the long route in order to report to office on Monday," said Ogosa a security officer. Another passenger who only identified herself as Agnes, said it was a disturbing experience to go through Soroti from Moroto in order to get to Kotido.   



Lopei Bridge was constructed by Terrain Construction Company Limited. The project was completed in May this year and is still under the defects liability period. Patrick Agona, the Kotido Station Engineer, said he would visit the bridge later today on to assess the situation.  


He said he would notify the Bridges department under Uganda National Roads Authority for an action.