Nacala Logistics suspends the operation of passenger trains

A railway company called Nacala Logistics suspended its passenger train service for nearly six months due to the Mauzi Bridge washout in Zomba.

The company has a fleet of passenger trains that operate from Limbe via Nkaya in Balaka to Nayuchi in Machinga.

The Mauzi Bridge was swept away by Cyclone Ana which occurred two weeks ago in several parts of the southern region of Malawi.

Passenger train

The company’s publicist, Wezie Grace Kalua, said the decision stemmed from a warning from the Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DODMA) about the damage caused by the cyclone.

“We have halted our passenger train operations. I can’t say how much money we’ll use to rebuild the bridge. Everything will be known after the project, in six months,” Kalua explained.

However, some people have expressed regret over the suspension of service.

Economics expert Milward Tobias says the government should do something quickly to help people who depend on the service.

“There are people who rely solely on rail transport to transport their products from one place to another. It will affect their livelihoods and something needs to be done,” he said.

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Jose P. Rogers