For rural communities, the coming on of the rains signifies the birth of a promising season for both humans, plants and animals, but for communities in Chilonga, Chiredzi the rains, though essential, spell out constant headaches as this means they will be cut off from essential services due to bad road network.

Chilonga Bridge is among the infrastructure damaged by Cyclone Eline in 2000.

Since then, many lives continue to be lost as motorists gamble to cross the low lying bridge, which easily becomes submerged in water during heavy rainy seasons. 

Last year, it took close to six months for the water levels to decrease following the heavy rains that characterised the season.

During that time, communities from Chiredzi south had to rely on dangerous makeshift boats to cross the flooded river in their quest to access essential services in Chiredzi north.

The Chilonga community says it is high time the government acts, and the area legislator, Cde Kallisto Gwanetsa pinned hopes on the new government to prioritise the construction of a new bridge.

The Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development, Dr Joram Gumbo visited the bridge and hinted that the Ministry of Finance has  since availed money for consultancy for a new bridge to be constructed, adding that it is essential for the project to be done in the shortest possible time.