Heavy Rains Disrupt Business In Kampala, Millions Worth Properties Destroyed

Heavy Rains Disrupt Business In Kampala, Millions Worth Properties Destroyed

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By Benson Tumusiime

Heavy rainfall brought traffic flow to a standstill in Kampala city on Tuesday morning causing un controllable traffic flow for over four hours.

Jinja Road was one of the most affected routes since some sections like Lugogo Bypass were too flooded.

The Clock Tower junction was also flooded, according to police.

Kampala Metropolitan Police deputy spokesman, Luke Owoyesigyire said they experienced traffic problems at Clock Tower and Banda, due to heavy rains because the two areas had no major alternative routes.

Earlier, Kampala Metropolitan Police Traffic commander, Mr Norman Musinga advised motorists who use Jinja Road, to use other roads.

“Those of you coming from Jinja Road, the road is affected temporarily. Water has cut the whole of Lugogo Bypass. Small cars can’t access. We advise the people with small cars to pass other roads connecting to the city centre,” Mr Musinga’s posted on a WhatsApp group.

The traffic jam went all the way to Banda and beyond. Motorists had created various lanes on different parts of the road in a bid to get ahead but instead made the jam worse.

Police also registered two accidents at Nakawa and Shoprite after Jinja road traffic lights.

He said that both accidents involved two vehicles of Fuso trucks and taxis.

However he said the accidents were minor and no injuries were registered.

The involved motor vehicles were toyed and taken to Jinja road police station.

The deputy police spokesperson for Kampala urged drivers to always be careful especially when it’s raining and ensure the driving lights are on when driving in rain, and follow the traffic rules and regulations .

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