Cities: US$70 million needed to solve Matola’s flooding problem

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Cities: US$70 million needed to solve Matola’s flooding problem
Cities: US$70 million needed to solve Matola’s flooding problem

Africa-Press – Mozambique. The municipality of Matola, capital of Maputo province, is working to mobilise around US$70 million to solve the cyclical flooding which causes untold human and material damage.

The information was released Wednesday by the Councillor for Infrastructure, Firmino Guambe, in an interview with AIM about the contingency plan for floods and soil erosion caused by the intense rains that have been registered in recent weeks in southern Mozambique, particularly in Maputo province.

“To definitively solve the problem of environmental sanitation in the municipality, we carried out a study, which indicated that we need about US$70 million. This amount will be used for the construction of drainage ditches, the recovery of basins, and the restoration of normal water courses,” Councillor Guambe said.

This amount is far beyond the financial capacity of the municipality, so approaches are being made to national and foreign partners.

According to Guambe, flooding has recently been recorded in the neighbourhoods of Nkobe, Km 15, Bunhiça, São Damaso and Liberdade. “But, currently, we also have incidences on access roads, such as that between Km 15 and Nkobe, where transitability is constrained,” Guambe adds.

In some neighbourhoods, flooding is the result of new houses blocking natural drainage channels.

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