At least 30 cargo trucks plying between Chunya and Mbozi districts in Tanzania’s southern highlands region of Songwe have been stranded for two days after a 2.3-kilometer-road stretch was washed away by ongoing heavy rains, an official said on Sunday.

The rains that hit the two districts on Friday flooded Lupa River, washing away the 2.3 km road stretch that crossed over the river, said Samuel Jeremiah, Mbozi district commissioner.

Speaking on a visit to the scene of the damaged roads, Jeremiah directed the Tanzania Roads National Agency (TANROADS) to repair the damaged road within short time to allow the trucks to drive through.

“Most of the stranded trucks were ferrying food stuff to both sides of the two districts,” said the official.

On Friday, Tanzanian Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa told parliament that ongoing rains have demolished 73 roads and bridges in the nation’s 18 out of 30 regions, paralyzing transport.

Majaliwa ordered authorities to ensure that people have evacuated from valleys to high grounds for their safety. Enditem

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