Maputo — The Sena railway line, which runs from the Moatize coal basin in the western Mozambican province of Tete to the port of Beira, re-opened to traffic on Wednesday, after the completion of repairs following a derailment last Saturday.
The derailment involved an empty coal train of the Brazilian mining company Vale between the stations of Mapangali and Doa, and was caused by heavy rains in the area. The rain swept away ballast, undermined the line and left some of the track suspended in mid-air.
According to a press release from the publicly owned ports and rail company, CFM, the first train crossed the repaired stretch of track just before midnight on Wednesday. This was a passenger train that had left Beira at 10.30 in the morning, and was expected to reach Moatize on Thursday morning.
CFM says it has strengthened its teams on the ground in Tete to ensure continual monitoring, 24 hours a day, of the state of track in the rest of the current rainy season.