The District Development Fund (DDF) has launched an emergency road repair programme in Manicaland to improve trafficability of roads affected by the heavy rains received this season.
Nyazvidzi parallel road in Buhera became the first to benefit from the fund which will see more communities across the province benefitting from a $40 million fund from the Zimbabwe National Roads Authority (Zinara).
Work on the 96km Nyazvidzi parallel road in Buhera being repaired by the District Development Fund
DDF provincial manager Sir Robert Chawatama said the province was still assessing more roads that had been destroyed by the rains.
“So far we have identified 49 roads with a total of 1 307km. We are still carrying out assessments of more roads in the province. A contractor, Field of Hope, has been mobilised to start work on the Nyazvidzi parallel road in Buhera district, a stretch of about 96km,” he said.
Manicaland has a total rural road network of 4 205km of which 95 percent is in a deplorable state due to the incessant rains.