The Chairman of the Kailahun District Council, Lt Col (Rtd) Tom Nyuma has told Awoko that his district headquarter town of Kailahun and its environs have been
cut off from the rest of the country causing a serious threat to the shortage of food and other essential commodities.
Speaking on the phone from Kailahun town, Mr Nyuma said the Pendembu and Jerihun-Mende routes have both been cut off for three days now.
He said three culverts being constructed on the Pendembu-Kailahun road had forced the creation of bypass routes which were now damaged and impassable.
The alternative Jerihun-Mende route, which is three times the same distance, had also been rendered impassable by trucks which got stuck on the way, he said.
The District Council Chairman said the town was quiet and food and other items running out fast. He said he had spoken with the Sierra Leone Roads Authority for a remedy and that the community people would converge today (Tuesday) to try to salvage the situation.
Kailahun district has some of the most terrible road networks in the country with a short distance of seventeen miles between Pendembu and Kailahun taking hours sometimes.
The road also linking Kailahun and Koindu is in a terrible state even with rains not yet at their peak.
A resident of Kailahun told this press recently that it is far worse in the thick of the rainy season.