Traffic between Busega roundabout and Kyengera on the Kampala-Masaka highway has been disrupted after a section of the road sunk in following heavy rain.
Michael Kananura, the spokesman of Police Directorate of Traffic and Road Safety, on Wednesday said that motorists are advised to use Nakawuka Road at Natete traffic lights or Mityana road to avoid congestion.
In a statement, UNRA said the erosion has caused damage to approximately 1.5 meters of the road pavement/carriageway near the embankment.
“This is a consequence of rising water levels in the Lubigi swamp area. We have taken measures to secure the site and have cordoned off the affected area working with the Uganda Police Force,” they said.
“Our team is currently mobilizing to restore this section of the road as quickly as possible. We kindly request all road users to drive carefully and adhere to the traffic guidelines in place,” they added.
Uganda is experiencing El Nino with enhanced rainfall, which started in September and is expected to continue until late December.
Many roads and bridges have been washed away due to flooding, landslides, and erosion in many parts of the country. Transportation of commodities by road has become difficult in the countryside.
Several other key road networks are at risk of being washed away by rising water levels.
Last month, the Minister of Works and Transport, Gen Katumba Wamala, directed the districts not to utilise the funds given to them for road maintenance during this rainy season.
“The district leadership countrywide are advised not to utilize the Shs1b disbursed for road maintenance during the heavy rains as they risk having it all washed away,” Gen Katumba said in a statement issued on Tuesday.