Motorists stranded for hours as rain floods Kampala-Bombo highway

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FILE PHOTO: Floods at Kampala-Bombo highway
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A heavy downpour on Monday caused traffic congestion on the Kampala-Bombo highway, with motorists reporting a five-kilometer stretch of traffic jam from Kawempe.

The waterlogged road at Watindo, after Kawanda, was the main cause of the congestion. Motorists heading to and from Kampala were affected, with some passengers even jumping out of taxis to take boda bodas in order to get home before it was too late.

Those who tried to use the Lukadde road, which joins Kawanda, also found it difficult to cross the flooded Watindo section. Some young boys were seen taking advantage of the situation by charging 3,000 shillings to guide motorists and boda boda riders through the flooded area.

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Henry Ssekyewa, a businessman from Kagoma, lost over 300,000 shillings worth of tomatoes when his motorcycle was swept away by the water. He said he did not realize how deep the water was and nearly drowned before he let go of his produce.

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Traffic police were on the scene trying to manage the flow of traffic, but there was little they could do to clear the congestion.

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The rain also caused flooding in other parts of Kampala, including the city center and the suburbs of Nakawa and Ntinda.

The Uganda National Meteorological Authority has warned of more rain in the coming days, so motorists are advised to exercise caution when driving on flooded roads.


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