25 January 2014

Tanzania: Damaged Mkundi Bridge Repaired in Record Time

TRANSPORT services officially resumed on Friday along the Morogoro-Dodoma highway following completion of the repair work of Mkundi Bridge in Magole ward, Kilosa District in Morogoro Region. The bridge was destroyed by sweeping floods on Wednesday this week.

Completion of repairs of the bridge was accomplished within two days instead of the estimated four days following round-the-clock work undertaken by various stakeholders.

The Minister for Works, Dr John Magufuli camped at the site to supervise activities day and night to make sure that the bridge and part of the damaged road were repaired accordingly.

Morogoro Regional Commissioner, Joel Bendera who also took time to work with engineers, commended the minister for his dedication to the work and also hailed construction engineers from the Tanzania Roads Agency, (TANROADS) and those from a Chinese Construction Company (CCECC) currently engaged in Dumila-Kilosa road project.

The first passenger bus from Dodoma was allowed to cross the troubled spot at 10.30 am yesterday and all other vehicles including long distance lorries crossed the repaired bridge safely.

Initially, vehicles below 10 tonnes heading for Morogoro were allowed to ply the Dumila - Kilosa regional road currently under construction, but those above the tonnage were not allowed and had to wait for completion of the repair work.

Interviewed lorry drivers commended the government for effective coordination of activities that made completion possible in half the projected time.

"We congratulate the government departments for working diligently to make the road passable in the shortest possible time. No one expected the floods that interrupted road communication, but the challenge was met with deserving response to everyone's satisfaction," Fadhil Nangwimbi (38), a lorry driver said.

Some of the flood victims said they were caught unawares and fast moving floods surrounded their houses, sweeping away every bit of property they had possessed. After visiting the area on Friday, the Prime Minister, Mizengo Pinda appealed to donor agencies, companies, individuals and other sympathisers to extend a helping hand to the victims in terms of food supplies, cooking utensils and blankets, among others.

Different social groups have responded positively to the appeal by the prime minister and the relief supplies have been reaching the plagued villagers.

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