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The rain that fell for most of Wednesday in Maputo left several roads impassable and some homes flooded in outlying districts.
Wednesday’s rain put the city’s drainage system to the test, with standing water remaining on the capital’s main avenues for many hours. As for the suburbs, they remained flooded the following day, with many streets still impassable.
The residents are especially disappointed with the situation of the Rua da Linha where even when dry the street is almost impassable, let alone when the potholes are full of rainwater.
Many drivers give up at first attempt and look for alternatives, although this is a strategic route which has been under renovation for a long time, the deadline for completion routinely pushed back.
Meanwhile, public carriers had almost totally abandoned the Zimpeto-Intaka-2 route after the rain, which worsened the already poor road conditions. Our reporter made the 10km journey and saw only two semi-collective carriers who claimed that they were sacrificing their vehicles for the sake of making the journey.
The drivers asked where the high rates charged on the route actually went, while the few passengers able to secure a seat said that they had been waiting at the stop for hours on end.
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