Authorities plan to replace bridges by the end of the year

Autoridades preveem repor pontes até final do ano

Four metal bridges will be installed by the end of the year over the Messalo and Montepuez rivers on roads in Cabo Delgado, after bad weather and armed attacks halted recovery works, the authorities announced.

The bridges will be placed on the national road 380 (asphalt road that connects the north to the south of Cabo Delgado) and on the rural roads 698 and 762, connecting Mueda and Quissanga, respectively, announced the director-general of the National Road Administration (ANE), Américo Dimande, quoted by state organs.

The intervention is part of a set of emergency works still taking place in the wake of the damage caused by Cyclone Kenneth in April 2019.

The worsening armed insurgency in the region since that time has halted several operations on the ground.

The metal bridges to be installed result from a donation of 810 million meticais from the African Development Bank (ADB).

Cabo Delgado is a province rich in natural gas, but terrorized since 2017 by armed rebels, with some attacks claimed by the extremist group Islamic State.

The conflict has led to more than 3,100 deaths, according to the ACLED conflict registration project, and more than 817,000 displaced people, according to the authorities.

Since July, an offensive by government troops with Rwandan support, later joined by the Southern African Development Community (SADC), allowed for an increase in security, recovering several areas where rebels were present, including the town of Mocímboa da Praia, which had been occupied since August 2020.

Lusa Agency

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