The Roads Authority (RA) has said four roads have been cut off due to the heavy rains that have been falling in Malawi.
RA public relations officer Portia Kajanga said in an interview on Sunday, the collapsing of the roads could also be attributed to vandalism of steel covers that are put under the roads for support.
Kajanga said the highways that have been cut off are Mangochi-Monkey Bay Road, the Golomoti-Monkey Bay Road, the Jali-Phalombe Road and Salima-Nkhotakota Road.
She said the Salima-Nkhotakota Road collapsed at Siyasiya Trading Centre, about 25.5 kilometres from Kaphatenga Turn-off, the Mangochi-Monkey Bay Road was cut off about 53 kilometres between Mangochi and Monkey Bay and the Golomoti-Monkey Bay Road collapsed near Phunga Trading Centre whereas the Jali-Phalombe Road has been cut off near Misewu Folo area.
“People who are travelling to Zomba or Phalombe should consider using the Migowi Road because currently the Jali-Phalombe Road is submerged in water due to heavy rains and the flatness of the terrain.
“There has been no assessment on the Jali-Phalombe Road since it is currently under water, but the other three roads show that vandalism is the main reason for their collapse since steel covers that hold the roads have been stolen.
“RA is advising people to contact police stations or our office for guidance on which roads to use. Contractors are already on site on all the collapsed roads, but we cannot give a date on when the roads will be fixed since repairing them will be dependent on weather conditions,” said Kajanga.