5,000 stranded as floods cut off border

AMURU- Businesses have been paralysed at Elegu border point in Amuru District after River Unyama burst its banks and cut off the road, leaving more than 5,000 travellers, traders and residents stranded.

Elegu is at the Uganda border with South Sudan. By Thursday, several trucks loaded with merchandise, buses and cars were still stuck at the border and were unable to cross the flooded road.

Mr Wilson Musa, a bus driver for Kampala Coach, told Sunday Monitor on Thursday they had been stuck since Wednesday.

“We are still waiting for the water levels to reduce. My passengers are already complaining of hunger because people have closed down their businesses at the moment,” he said. The chairperson of Elegu business community, Mr Okot Lacanobilo, said the situation was pathetic and called on the Ministry for Disaster Preparedness to intervene.

The Atiak Sub-county chairperson, Mr John Bosco Ocan, said sanitation in the area had deteriorated.

“We are calling for the district health team to intervene. We fear an outbreak of cholera as some people’s toilets have been washed away,” he said.

The Aswa Regional Police spokesperson, Jimmy Patrick Okema, said they had already deployed on the ground to help the locals deal with the emergency.

Mr Okema said the road requires upgrading to contain or mitigate effects of the river flooding.

Last year, River Unyama burst its banks several times destroying properties worth millions of shillings and displacing hundreds of residents.

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SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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