Railway Nacala – Malawi back on track

"Rail traffic resumes in Mozambique's northern corridor"  

Maputo – Railway traffic between the northern Mozambican port of Nacala and landlocked Malawi has resumed, albeit two days later than expected, said railway officials.

The traffic had been suspended due to torrential rains on 9 March, which created a large crater between the stations of Malema and Nataleia, 421 km from Nacala.

Business Africa, March 21 2006 

Some 15 metres of line was left dangling in mid-air over the six metre deep crater, rail officials said.

Initial reports that it would take at least a month to repair the damage were promptly denied by the Nacala Development Corridor (CDN), the consortium which is responsible for managing the railway.

A CDN source, cited in Monday's issue of the Maputo daily "Noticias," said losses from the interruption could amount to $800 000, though no full assessment has yet to be made. -panapress


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