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Mossurize district remains isolated from the rest of Manica province of following the collapse of the bridge over the Lucite River. People are risking their lives crossing the river by unsafe means.
On 14 March, the combination of Cyclone Idai and attendant flooding destroyed part of the bridge over the Lucite River, about 150 kilometres from Chimoio.
Two weeks later, with Mossurize totally isolated by road, Lucas Maphossa decided to be creative, using a route by which people and merchandise are already finding their way to and from Mossurize.
That option is the canoes, where a crossing costs 50 meticais per person, plus between 50 and 1000 meticais for goods, depending on their weight and value.
The delay in repairing the bridge is not only hurting the passengers. While emergency work on the bridge remains incomplete, people are making do with improvised means.
Mota Engil investment a million dollars in emergency works of the bridge on the Lucite river
For five days the machines have been busy on the bridge over the Lucite river. Mota Engil, the company that built and extended National Road Number 260 between Chimoio and Mossurize, is now in making emergency repairs to the bridge, which had not yet been officially delivered to the government.
The company is investing a million dollars in the work and says it will take another week to restore the free movement of people and goods and break Mossurize’s insulation.
The person in charge says that another problem that led to the delay in starting work was debris blocking the road near Dombe.
By Carlitos CadangueSource: O País
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