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Cyclone Idai, which struck central provinces of Mozambique on March 14, caused considerable damage to the Mavuzi and Chicamba hydroelectric plants in Manica, Deputy Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy Augusto de Sousa Fernando has told reporters, cutting output from the Chicamba plant by about 20 megawatts and leaving the Mavuzi plant totally paralysed.
Augusto de Sousa Fernando could offer no deadline for the repair of energy supply infrastructure, noting that “many substations on the Lamego to Guara-guara line in Sofala have been destroyed, and likewise on the energy transmission lines for Sussundenga, Mossurize and Machaze in Manica”.
De Sousa says the government needs more than six million dollars to repair infrastructure in Manica and Sofala provinces. The energy currently supplying parts of Manica and Sofala provinces was from the Cahora Bassa hydroelectric plant.
While promising to work flat out to restore power to the more than 6,000 clients still in the dark, “at the moment, our priority is to mobilize generators to supply basic services such as health units,” de Sousa said.
By Carlitos CadangueSource: O País
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