R. Kafu Banks Burst, Thousands Displaced

Masindi District | THE BLACK EXAMINER | Thousands of people from 5 villages in the Mengo sub county Masindi district have been displaced after water submerged their homes after R. Kafu burst its banks.

The affected are Kimengo, Myeba, Kayera Kafu Kayebe and Kibanja where houses, livestock, crops were destroyed forcing residents to camp out at the sub-county head quarters, religious institutions, and schools for shelter.

Masindi district chairman Cosmas Byaruhanga speaks of the magnitude of the disaster saying that the district does not have enough resources to respond to it.

Travelers from Kampala to Hoima are strongly advised to take alternative routes to avoid the flooded road section. Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) suggests two main detours:

  1. Hoima – Masindi – Kafu – Luwero – Kampala Route: A safer alternative for those heading from Kampala to Hoima, bypassing the affected area for a smoother journey.
  2. Hoima – Buhimba – Nalweyo – Kakumiro – Mubende – Kampala Route: Another option for motorists traveling from Kampala to Hoima while steering clear of the flooded section.

For light vehicles from Kampala, a detour is available:

Masode – Ntwetwe – Nkooko – Nalweyo – Hoima Road: A convenient pathway for lighter vehicles to navigate around the flooded area.

UNRA cautions all road users to avoid flooded road sections for their safety, emphasizing the risks of crossing such areas.

Local authorities and disaster response teams are actively monitoring the situation, with ongoing efforts to address the flooding and restore normal travel conditions. Motorists and commuters are urged to exercise caution, follow recommended alternative routes, and stay informed about updates.

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In March this year, the Katonga River bursting its banks led to significant water flow, impacting the Katonga Bridge and disrupting the Kampala-Masaka Highway. In Mbarara, the bursting of River Rwizi banks caused damage to crops and buildings in neighboring areas.

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