PAKWACH: Teams from Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) have said a permanent solution is in the offing to handle the threat of flooding at the oil road at Tangi gate near Pakwach Bridge.

The river burst its bank on Monday paralysing travels along Pakwach -Kampala high way for several hours.

In December 2019, a more dangerous flood cut off the road from Pakwach to Nwoya, leaving hundreds of passengers and traffic stranded on either side and following the latest Monday threat, the UNRA team now wants a permanent solution to avert future threats.

"We are aware of the unfortunate incident, as an Authority our team of experts are redesigning a concrete plan to end the problem for ever, we are working closely with Arua team to compile the findings and find a solution to avert the flood", said Mr Bernard Byakagaba, the UNRA Engineer for Gulu station.

He said the possible outcome of the new plan will include installing more culverts and opening more channels to allow for easy flow of the water.

Mr Julius Mwesigwa, the UNRA Arua station Engineer confirmed that the team in Arua is teaming up with that in Gulu to address the problem of the trouble area.

He said the new design will need increased funding but appealed for calm as the situation had tentatively normalized to enable them plan for a lasting solution.

Mr Swaib Toko, the resident district commissioner (RDC) Pakwach said though there was some fear and issuance of flood alert by UNRA, there is no more danger and that all travelers are now free to travel. Toko appealed to the public to always comply in case of any other alert by the roads authority.

"We were worried that the situation would take long to be back to normal, there's still panic among the people that anytime the flood may strike again, but let's give time to the team to do the needful as they have promised " Toko said.

The Monday incident paralyzed businesses as hundreds rushed to watch while vehicles were stopped on either side until the water cleared off.

Heavy rains have caused untold devastation across the country in 2020; areas including Panyimur, Obongi and Laropi all in West Nile among others are grappling to contain floods due to increased water levels of the River Nile.

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