$80 million needed to repair roads following Cyclone Dineo

Transport and Infrastructural Development minister, Joram Gumbo, says his ministry is raising $80 million for immediate road repairs after Cyclone Dineo left some of the country’s major highways impassable. Although the cyclone downgraded to a tropical storm by the time it hit Zimbabwe earlier this month, it still left a trail of destruction.

In a telephone interview with The Source Minister Gumbo said:

I don’t even know where to start because it’s bad everywhere. It’s actually disastrous. Roads and bridges throughout the country have been destroyed. The problem is that with the rains, we can’t even construct a road. As such, it makes our work very difficult. I am currently in the process of mobilising resources for the rebuilding of the roads and bridges. From the Ministry of Finance we need $30 million and $50 million from the banks as loans through Zinara. I am also engaging other companies in the construction sector to also chip in.

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Gumbo said the situation has been declared a national disaster by President Robert Mugabe.

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