22 March 2014

Zimbabwe: Heavy Rains Leave Midlands With U.S $4 Million Repairs Tab

MORE than $3.6 million is needed to repair roads and bridges destroyed by recent heavy rains in the Midlands, officials in the province have revealed.

Jason Machaya, the minister of state for Midlands province, recently toured damaged sites around the province with officials from the department of roads in the region.

"We need about more than US$3 million to repair our roads and damaged bridges which were washed away by recent torrential rains according to the bill of quantity which was worked by the Ministry of transport and Infrastructural development," he said

Heavy rains, which have been pounding most parts of the country, left a trail of disaster in most areas with some villagers displaced.

About 40 major roads, including bridges across the Midlands, have been washed away.

Musabezi River bridge was among the worst hit with some $680,000 needed to carry out repairs.

Both approaches to the bridge were washed, away cutting the road link between Shurugwi and Mandamabwe. A ZUPCO bus was swept away at the bridge, killing four people in early February.

Machaya said some six companies have since pledged their support to repair roads and bridges damaged across the province.

"I would like also to extend an appeal those who want to assist to come forward and make the province accessible in all service deliveries especially on road," said Machaya.

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