World Bank announces 120M$ support for rehabilitation of coastal protection destroyed by Idai

The 120 million dollars from the World Bank and the Kingdom of the Netherlands are already available for the rehabilitation works of the drainage system and coastal protection of the city of Beira.

According to Rute Nhamucho, executive director of the Water Infrastructure and Sanitation Administration (AIAS), in the Ministry of Public Works, Housing, and Water Resources, the two projects are expected to start late next year and be completed by 2024.

Quoted by "Notícias", Nhamucho explained that the disbursement of funds comes in response to the appeal launched by the Government, during the International Donors Conference held in June 2019, in Beira City, as part of the post-cyclone Idai reconstruction process.

In the case of coastal protection, the works are estimated at 90 million dollars and the work will take place in two phases, within a radius of 20 kilometers, between Praia Nova and the Estoril neighborhood. "This work will include the construction of a new retention basin for rainwater," stressed the source.

At this moment technical studies are underway for the start of this work, which will be financed by Holland, according to Rute Nhamucho.

"Our expectation is higher. The consultants are in the bidding phase and we expect that by the end of 2022 at least the contractors will be mobilized to start the works that, we believe, will happen simultaneously," he put it into perspective.

It should be recalled, the first phase of the project to rehabilitate the drainage system of Beira City ended in 2019, having contemplated primary or main channels, in a total length of11 kilometers.

The canals that start from the Palmeiras outlet and make the route from the Chipangara-Maraza-Munhava-river Chicota traffic circle, at the municipal dump, have been rehabilitated.

A new storage basin was also built, in Maraza, with an area of 16 hectares and a water storage volume of 175 thousand cubic meters. On the same occasion, the Palmeiras discharge structures were rehabilitated, which went from three to five gates, allowing a greater flow of rainwater.

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