Saturday, 25 January 2014

Govt acts as losses mount after devastating floods

From The Citizen Daily, Dar es Salaam
By The Citizen Team

Dar es Salaam/Morogoro/Dodoma/Mwanza. The government swung into action yesterday, delivering relief food to 3,000 displaced families and deploying machinery to repair the damaged sections of Dumila bridge that cut off transport on the Morogoro-Dodoma highway.

Prime Minister Mizengo Pinda and Minister for Works John Magufuli, accompanied by other top officials of the regional administration, visited the washed-out section of the highway as restoration efforts got underway.

Traders, including those operating in neighbouring landlocked countries, counted their mounting losses as the road remained impassable for the second day running. Hundreds of passengers were stranded in Dodoma and Morogoro as some buses suspended operations. Those still on the road raised the fare by more than 100 per cent because they had to get to their destination via longer routes.

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