Heavy rains damage bridge near Malawi-Tanzania border


Heavy rains has damaged Kyungu Bridge which is about 5 kilometres from the Malawi-Tanzania border in Karonga.

The bridge is on the M1 which is used to transport goods between Malawi and Tanzania.

The damaged bridge

Northern Region Police Deputy Public Relations Officer Cecelia Mfune has advised motorists take note that there is no through road on the bridge.

“It is true that Kyungu bridge has been washed away and we are informing all road users that Kyungu Bridge near Songwe Boarder has been wiped out by water therefore they should be aware,” Mfune.

The damage concerns over the poor state of the M1 road. In Rumphi, the M1 road has also been filled with mud at Mbuta area, rendering the section of the road impassable.

Meanwhile, the  Roads Authority  says a Contractor, Zhegiang has already mobilised to site and is working on filling the washed away section in order to restore connectivity.

“All things being equal, we intend to complete reinstatement of this section between 24 – 36 hours.

“The Roads Authority wishes to assure the traveling public that it is doing everything possible to have this section opened to traffic in the shortest time,” reads a statement from the authority.