River Kafu water level rescinds in Hoima, rises in Masindi, police block road

Journalists and other people stand in the rescinded water of the overflowed Kafu River in Hoima District on Friday, November 10, 2023. (Image: WhatsApp)

The water level of the flooded River Kafu along the Hoima-Kampala Highway has subsided, rendering pedestrians capable of crossing with limited fear of drowning.

Police have, however, restricted movement of vehicles across for safety fears.

The Hoima District Police Commander (DPC), SP Jackson Boogere, told Kazi-njema News in a phone call that the water level has significantly reduced compared to the previous three days.

Meanwhile, reports from Masindi where the River advances to its mouth in Lake Kyoga say the water level that started increasing on Friday morning left many travellers uncertain of return journeys.

The Chairman for Hoima taxi/bus parks drivers told Kazi-njema News this Saturday morning that the police have blocked the Masindi-Kampala Road and now passengers from Hoima travelling to Kampala are instead passing via Kigumba in Kiryandongo district.

On Friday afternoon, a high level delegation from the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) including the Executive Director, Ms Allen Kagina, visited the submerged River Kafu Bridge on the side of Hoima and Kyankwanzi districts to assess the damage caused and forge a way forward.

Hoima drivers started passing via Masindi following the overflowing of River Kafu at the point where it separates Kyankwanzi district from Hoima.

Meanwhile, reports from Kakumiro district indicate that many rivers including Mpongo continue bursting their banks, disconnecting many areas.

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