Key Bridge Washed Out By Heavy Rains

A convoy of U.N. vehicles crossing one of the bridges between Ramula and Otome area in Ikwoto County. A bridge connecting Iyire Payam and Ifoho Boma in Imurok Payam has broken. [Gurtong]

The residents have raised an alarm calling for immediate intervention from the government as a key reliable bridge serving populations of Magwi and Torit counties.

Torit County Commissioner German Charles Ojok disclosed that Imurok Central head Chief Mr. Antony Ohide had called him notifying about the matter which happened last night due to heavy rains leading to running over of the said bridge until it completely collapsed.

He confirmed the community, through the head chief raised a great concern as the bridge connecting Torit Capital to Magwi County in addition to Iyire Payam Torit County as well as Ifoho Boma within Imurok Payam denying the affected populations access to essential services.

He regrettably sent sympathies to the affected communities such as the entire Magwi County community, Iyire residents and Ifoho residents.

The leader assures the affected that his administration is responding by seeking temporary alternatives while searching for a workable and stable solution to rectify the matter so activities resume as usual.

Ojok told Gurtong that his administration this morning was putting in order proper logistic arrangements with the state Ministry of Roads and Transport and relevant County partners so a success rectification of the problem at the hand be realized to enable the populations reach Torit for better services and goods.

Last night, Gurtong confirmed heavy rains shocked Torit region causing scores of residential areas with Torit town obstructed by water.

Last week, Kit Bridge connecting Lobonok citizens in Central Equatoria State with Juba, the national capital, collapsed with residents expressing fears that the area has been cut off from essential services.

Kit Bridge, built by the army in 1992 to ease movement connecting Lobonok community to Juba.

The community chairperson, Hon. Alexander Sule briefly narrated that the Bridge had started to develop breakages last year but finally broke and appealed for government and its partners to intervene as the bridge could not be resolved by the community owing to its structure since the community does not have financial capacity to rebuild it.

He disclosed that for a temporary passage, the community has tried to collect and assemble some stones as a bypass segment awaiting permanent solution being currently sought.

However, Hon. Sule disclosed that the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has proposed US $ 3 million to construct the bridge.

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