Dozens of travelers to west Nile, Dr. Congo and South Sudan are stranded after River Nile burst its banks rendering the section of the Karuma-Packwach road inaccessible.
According to a notice issued by the Uganda national roads authority two days ago, a section of the road after Packwach Bridge is “temporarily closed to the public.”
UNRA said the floods had deposited substantial amounts of water hyacinth and other debris on the road carriageway rendering the road unusable. However the giant Bridge has not been affected.
In a related development Uganda Wild Life Authority (UWA) separately issued a flood alert via twitter saying “Water Levels on River Nile have raised and submerged the ferry docking points at Paraa Murchision Falls National park. It is difficult for vehicles to enter the ferry, the Small Bridge is also washed away. Tangi has also flooded.”
Uganda Red Cross said Floods had covered the usual thick vegetation on the Packwach road making it unsafe and unusable. A number of vehicles are seen stuck on the road fearing to proceed to far North/ West Nile. River Tangi burst its banks blocking traffic on Karuma Pakwach road.
One Old man James Jolobo lamented that this is something unusual adding that the region had seen floods but never witnessed such volumes of water in history.
According to the Packwach district Chairperson Steen Omitto, the river burst its banks at about 3:00pm flooding a section of the highway. Adding that 2 vehicles that attempted to cross the river were nearly submerged though the occupants were rescued and no life lost.
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