Roads Authority Commences Temporary Road Restoration in the South

This is temporary work - Kajanga This is temporary work - Kajanga - pic by Luka Beston

Roads Authority says it is making huge progress in restoring roads connectivity in 43 spots which were cut off by Cyclone Freddy in the southern region.

The Authority's spokesperson, Portia Kajanga, says this is a temporary relief to aid mobility for stakeholders to reach out to cyclone survivors in evacuation camps.

Kajanga said this to Zodiak Online on Sunday after inspecting Nsuwadzi Bridge along Thyolo-Thekerani-Bangula road where by Saturday night, contractor Motal-Engil has reinstated one lane and opened traffic.

"We are doing all we can so that we are able to reconnect places that got washed away to aid mobility. This is because there is a lot of relief items and other supplies that need to be taken to the camps where people are being housed," she said.

She added:" These are just temporary works. When the rains completely go, we will come back to do permanent work so that the road is restored to its original condition".

Earlier, Thyolo District Commissioner, Rosemary Nawasha said that the damaged roads and bridges were inconveniencing relief distribution exercise.

Nawasha said: "The roads have been cut off, some bridges have been washed away so much that transportation from one place to another is very difficult. As you can see, at this point (Nsuwadzi Bridge) we wanted to deliver the items to those in the camps but we couldn't go to the other side."

According to the Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DoDMA) Cyclone Freddy has so far killed over 400 people, displaced thousands, caused extensive damage to dwelling units, crops and road network among others.

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