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Chilonga Bridge Temporarily Closed After NetOne Vehicle Was Swept Away

Chilonga Bridge Temporarily Closed After NetOne Vehicle Was Swept Away

Vehicles have been temporarily banned from using the low-level Chilonga Bridge across the Runde River following a spate of drownings as vehicles trying to cross the river have been swept away by floods and submerged in water.

Chilonga Bridge provides the shortest route between Chiredzi Town and Chikombedzi, but it is dangerous to cross when the Runde River is in flood.

Last Saturday a vehicle was swept off the bridge after the driver lost control while trying to cross and two people, thought to be NetOne employees, drowned as a result.

The vehicle was only retrieved on Monday, 2 May, in the afternoon together with the bodies of the two people.

Chiredzi District Civil Protection Unit chair and district development coordinator Lovemore Chisema announced the temporary closure of the bridge on Monday. He said:

We have decided to temporarily close Chilonga Bridge following a spate of drownings caused by vehicles that either fall into the river after drivers lose control while trying to negotiate the low-lying submerged structure or are swept away by floods.

The bridge will only be reopened once it is deemed safe to cross after water levels go down.

Mupapa Bridge is the current viable alternative for those travelling from either Chiredzi to Chikombedzi or vice versa. It’s a longer, but safe route.

The Government recently announced that it had allocated $3.6 billion for the construction of a modern bridge across the Runde River at Chilonga.

However, the construction of the bridge is technically challenging because of the weak soils on the banks of the Runde River at Chilonga.

Meanwhile, in 2022 alone, at least eight people drowned in the Runde River after vehicles carrying them were swept away by floods.

More: The Herald

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isaya zindete 2 weeks ago

Konhayi hama dzangu ccc yazogona chii usati yambotonga mungwarire kurasha nyama maona bhonzo

Chauke 2 weeks ago

We've grown up with bad government which only loot from us and in our country

Chawabvunza 2 weeks ago

This is a very sorry state of affairs. I have hands on experience about the happenings at this Chilonga bridge. I worked in Hippo Valley for three years. Hundreds of people have lost their lives before Indepence and after Indepence. Old People's Home governments have been ignoring building a modern bridge across the Runde River. There are two other ways where there are better bridges, up the river through Triangle Estates and down the river across Malilangwe Conservancy. But as already been written, across Chilonga bridge from Hippo Valley into Chilonga Communal lands is the shortest route to Chikombedzi. The sooner Government constructs a modern bridge the more hundreds of lives they will save.


putin 2 weeks ago

smith chaivee chibaba

CCC 2 weeks ago

Taurai tinzwe ma zanoids 40 years into independence and u still use bridge rakasiiwa na Smith

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