Heavy rain followed by flooding has washed away several bridges in Bundibugyo district, paralyzing transport in most areas.
River Chabbi in Nyahuka Town Council has burst its banks, washing away the bridge that connects Nyahuka town council and Busaru Sub County. The most affected areas include Kisuba, Busaru, Kirumya, Ngamba and Mabere sub-counties. In Kisuba Sub County, a bridge on Butogo River was also swept away and a newly constructed bridge that connects Mabare and Ngamba sub counties has been taken away by floods.
Mr. Micheal Mutugi Natukunda, the maintenance engineer from Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) Fort-Portal branch, on Tuesday told journalists that they are doing all they can to repair the destroyed bridges.
“I think this has been caused by the continuous rains,” Mr Natukunda said.
The Fort Portal-Bundibugyo-Lamia road has also been partially cut off by a landslide at Mairo 6 village near Bubukwanga trading centre.
Property and crops have also been destroyed and hundreds of people have been left homeless.
Mr. Julius Magezi, a resident of Bundimulinga IV village in Nyahukaa town council, said his house has
been submerged by floods that have destroyed his household property.
The chairperson Busaru sub county, Mr. Mugerwa Tibbs Babiha, said houses and crops of many people of his area have been destroyed.
He appealed to the government and aid organizations for quick intervention.
The Bundibugyo district chairperson, Mr. Ronald Mutegeki, said the district is working with the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) and aid organizations to help the affected people and see ways of restoring the affected bridges.
This is the third spate of floods in the district in a period of less than two weeks. On July 21, more than 2,000 people were affected by floods in the district in the sub counties of Ntotoro and Kirumya.
According to the assessment report that was conducted by Red Cross Uganda society (URCS) together with the district leadership, a total of 285 households with a population of about 2,834 persons were affected most especially in Ntotoro and Kirumya sub counties in the villages of Kirumya trading center, Kirumya East, Bundimagwara I, Bugando II, Bundimukelewa and Habendu.
Mr Bob Akankwasa, the Director Disaster Response and Management – Uganda Red Cross society (URCS) said that they have received the first consignment of food aid that includes 200 bags of posho and 200 bags that will be supplied to some of the victims of floods .
“We are engaging the district leadership to find temporary space to shelter the most affected families and in close coordination with the Office of the Prime Minister and other partners, we have embarked on the process of registering the affected people,” Mr Akankwasa said.
The District Councilor representing Ntotoro sub county, Mr. Sulait Baguma, said most of the affected people who have sought refuge in the nearby churches and schools are in urgent need of food and other basic needs.