26 April 2014

Mozambique: Road to Northern Cabo Delgado Partially Reopened

Maputo — The road from Pemba, capital of the northern Mozambican province of Cabo Delgado, to the five districts in the north of the province has been partially reopened, reports Saturday's issue of the Maputo daily “Noticias”.

Flooding on the Messalo river in late March cut off the five districts (Mueda, Muidumbe, Nangade, Mocimboa da Praia and Palma) from the rest of the country. On 27 March, the waters of the swollen Messalo swept away two bridges carrying National Highway 423 to northern Cabo Delgado.

This was the only reliable road along which supplies could reach the northern five districts. The collapse of the bridge led to an immediate fuel shortage in those districts. The alternative was to bring fuel and other goods in by sea, to the small port of Mocimboa da Praia.

According to Cabo Delgado provincial governor, Abdul Razak Noormahomed, metallic bridges brought in from Maputo are now being installed to replace the bridges that were destroyed.

While this work continues, the contractors have been able to make diversions allowing some vehicles to cross the river. This temporary expedient can only be used by vehicles weighting no more than 2.5 tones and with a maximum of three axles.

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