Bridge swept away in Cyclone Dineo flood

Source: Bridge swept away in Cyclone Dineo flood – DailyNews Live

STAFF WRITER      28 February 2017

HARARE – A bridge which has spanned the Nkankezi River in the heart of the
Zvishavane-Bulawayo highway for decades has been swept away by rampaging
flood waters unleashed by Cyclone Dineo.

The huge blocks which made up the bridge were washed downstream over the
weekend – with witnesses reporting that the greater part of the bridge was

The portion disappeared on Sunday night – blocking off the popular

“I can confirm that Nkankezi River Bridge was swept away, we have been
informed that it was under repair. The bridge is along the road that links
Zvishavane and Bulawayo and also Gwanda and Bulawayo,” national police
spokesperson Paul Nyathi told the Daily News yesterday.

“That means traffic intending to use this route cannot pass through and
should therefore use other alternatives.

“We are advising motorists intending to travel between Bulawayo and
Zvishavane to use the Bulawayo-Gweru-Zvishavane route, while those
intending to travel between Gwanda and Zvishavane can use the West
Nicholson dust road.”

Because of heavy rains pounding Masvingo, police warned there were threats
of landslides in Bikita, that tragically claimed one life yesterday.

“We are advising people to move to higher ground. Our sub aqua unit have
also rescued close to 10 people in the Shashe area,” Nyathi said.

This comes as Jeka Bridge in Mberengwa was also swept away two weeks ago
as a result of the floods.