Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) has temporarily closed some roads in Kasese district after a heavy downpour left death and destruction in its trail.
The roads authority said Kasese—Kilembe road has been washed away at Chainages after River Nyamwamba burst its banks.
Motorists have been advised to use a 1-km diversion on a district road at Chainage next to Little Angels Preparatory School on the left-hand side, which terminates opposite Kilembe Hospital.
River Mubuku also burst its banks and swept away the road connecting Ibanda Trading Center along Nkenda—Bugoye—Nyakalingijo to Kyanya along Mubuku—Maliba—Nuyo Institute roads.
Road users were told to use the main Kasese—Fortportal road.
“Our maintenance team continues to assess the extent of damage to guide on intervention measures as water levels subside” UNRA said in a brief statement, adding, “road users are therefore advised to take precaution to avoid possible accidents.”
Video: In Kasese, heavy rains caused destruction in Muramba Sub-County, Sooko parish. Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS) says its teams are on ground to carry out assessment, establish magnitude of disaster, families affected and their immediate needs pic.twitter.com/JIu8EOglwh
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Heavy rains that started in the wee hours of May 7 2020 have affected a number of communities, leaving hundreds of people affected in the districts of Kasese, Bundibugyo and Ntoroko.
Rivers Nyamwamba and Mubuku both burst their banks and the heavy water overflow affected areas of Kasese district that include; Base camp lower, Kitooro, Kirembe, Kizungu, Karusandara, Kisinga, Bugoye, Maliba among other major towns.
Uganda Red Cross Society said both Bundibugyo and Ntorko districts have confirmed flooding in several areas including Lamiya 1, Lamiya II, Lamiya Central, Mulungitanwa III, Mulungitanwa II, Mulungitanwa I, Katoke, Kisenyi, Kitumba, Bundinjogya South, Kanangungu parishes, Busunga, Mulungitanwa, Lamiya.
In Ntoroko, Kanara site has been affected and the following areas worst hit; Rwangoru A, Rwangara B, Rwangara Kasenyi, Kamuga A, Kamuga B, Katanga North, Kantanga B, Kagonzeboha A, and Kagonzeboha B.
Uganda Meteorological data recently warned of heavy rains.
The destruction caused by rains comes at a time the country is countering a pandemic and therefore adverse climate change effects leaves humanitarian agencies like the Red Cross who are already at the fore-front of the COVID-19 response overstretched.