The government requires at least US$100 million to rehabilitate roads and bridges that were destroyed by Cyclone Dineo last month and considered emergency cases.

The incessant rains that were experienced in the country last month left a trail of destruction on the country’s major roads as well as bridges that linked different communities.

The donor community has so far raised US$35 million for the road rehabilitation programme.

Provincial road engineers have been assigned to carry out road assessments for each of the districts in their provinces in order to determine which areas require immediate attention.

The Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Development, Dr Joram Gumbo said under the programme, the State Procurement Board (SPB) has made a provision for his ministry which is aimed at quickening the process of rehabilitation.

“I must also say that the SPB has done us a wonderful favour in that this is an emergency and we cannot wait for the tender process. So we will ask our provincial engineers to come up with three, four or five quotations from companies listed with the SPB,” said Dr Gumbo.

The Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure Development is targeting to complete the road rehabilitation programme within the next six months.

Most of the roads in the country have exceeded their 20-year lifespan by over 40 years while some of the bridges blown off during Cyclone Eline in 2000 are still to be attended to.