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Bridges and culverts are collapsing


Feb 27, 2023

BUJUMBURA February 27th (ABP) – The rainy season is a period when the collapse of some bridges and culverts are witnessed in Bujumbura province (western Burundi), others simply collapse, which makes roads impassable, a check on the site by ABP on the has revealed.

The Gikoma bridge on the national road N°1 (Bujumbura-Bugarama) is cracked, the Kiyenzi bridge on the Kanyosha-Kiyenzi road in Kanyosha commune has already collapsed and the road does not pass. Transport by vehicles, motorcycles and bicycles is impossible except for transport by head. The users of roads are worried about the poor state of the roads in Bujumbura province, a local information source in Mutambu reports that the trees which constituted the bridge over the Mugere river have been washed away by the waters of that river. Pupils who have to go to school find it difficult to cross it.

The governor of that province, Mr. Désiré Nsengiyumva, makes the same observation and indicates that the roads which connect the communes are in poor condition and the situation worsens in the rainy season, the most striking case being that of the Kabezi-Mutambu road. The bridges and culverts are not on the sidelines, he pointed out, they are threatened by runoff because of the geographical configuration of the province, the hills overlooking the economic capital are not protected, the water flows with great strength, he noted. Note that during the trip to that province by the minister in charge of infrastructure, that provincial authority had suggested that there be a watershed protection plan in order to protect the rivers that originate in that province as well as the hills overlooking the economic capital Bujumbura.