30 trucks stranded for six days after floods swept away 2.3km road

14Feb 2020
The Guardian
30 trucks stranded for six days after floods swept away 2.3km road

​​​​​​​MORE than 30 trucks have been stranded for six days after the 2.3km road section between Chang’ombe and Mwajuni in Songwe District was swept away by floods.

Speaking to this paper yesterday, the drivers of the trucks said recent heavy rains caused Lupa River to overflow its banks hence the water lost its direction and swept away the road.

"It’s the sixth day today we are stranded here at Mkwajuni, road communication has been severed due to heavy rains and we do not know when the water will subside so that we can continue with our journey,” said Rafael Mwambaje, one of the drivers.

He said due to the importance of the road Shanta Mining Company has brought in earth moving equipment and has started to fill the swept away areas with ballast.

Mwambaje appealed to the government through TANROADS and TARURA to assist in repairing the broken section of the road to restore road communication.

A trader, Getruda Mwakyoma, said she and her fellow traders have not been able to reach Mbeya to purchase goods for their shops because of the severed road communication.

Mbozi district Commissioner Samwel Jeremiah said the situation calls for road closure for two days to give room for repairs being undertaken by Shanta Mining Company in collaboration with TANROADS in Songwe Region.

He directed TANROADS to erect a camp on the road instead of leaving everything to other stakeholders who have offered to assist the government.

However Shanta Mining Company Administrative manager Simon Rweyemamu said they will ensure the work is completed in time so that normal transport service along the road is restored.

Songwe Region TANROADS Manager Nyembo Mhaga said they were looking for a permanent solution on the control of floods in the area because last year’s floods was manageable but this year the rains have caused a great havoc to the road.