Floods Cut Railway Between Mozambique And Zimbabwe

By Jorge Joaquim

The railway linking Gaza province, southern Mozambique, and Zimbabwe has been interrupted since 24 February due to floods and the heavy rain that continues to fall mean it is impossible to say when it will reopen.

In addition to trains to the border town of Chicualacuala and Zimbabwe, the Limpopo line is also used to transport minerals from Botswana to Maputo port.

The Limpopo district administrator, Cassilda Banze, warned of the risk of food shortages in districts in the region that depend on rail traffic for supplies of essential products.

Further south, the Goba line, linking Maputo to Eswatini, was re-opened on Monday, after a cut that lasted around two weeks, due a mudslide caused by the torrential rains.

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