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Salima-Nkhotakota M5 stretch rehabilitated

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Jacob Hara

By Blessings Mpinganjira:

The Roads Authority (RA) has said people can now use the M5 road between Salima and Nkhotakota districts after completion of rehabilitation works.

The stretch in question was washed away after a barrage of rains fell in some parts of the Central Region.

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RA spokesperson Portia Kajanga told The Daily Times that the road in now passable.

“As at now, we are working on rehabilitating other roads [that got damaged] in the Southern Region,” she said.

The government has moved with speed to address the problem of damage to some roads in the country.

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In late January, some roads in the Shire Valley districts of Chikwawa and Nsanje were cut of after Tropical Storm Ana hit some parts of the country.

President Lazarus Chakwera touted some of the affected roads and assured Malawians that his administration would address problems that had arisen due to the storm.

Last week, heavy rains fell unceasingly in some districts of the Central Region, damaging roads and property and leaving buildings in such districts as Salima submerged in water.

On Thursday, Transport and Public Works Minister Jacob Hara told Parliament that the government was compiling a report on the extent of roads damage caused by Tropical Storm Anna.

Hara said damaged roads and washed away bridges had a negative impact on the country’s socio-economic development.

The minister indicated that the government had deployed contractors, who were rehabilitating some of the affected roads as the assessment was under way.

“We have contractors who are rehabilitating some of the roads that have been damaged and we will soon come back [to Malawians] with a full report of the damage,” Hara said.

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