THE collapse of the Skyline-Chimanimani road on Saturday, was caused by heavy rains and an underground stream, that undermined the road, preliminary investigations have established.
Listed construction and associated industries firm, Masimba Holdings Limited (MHL) revealed this in a statement released Sunday.
“The Chimanimani area had been experiencing heavy rains since the beginning of the rainy season, in the early hours of 30 January 2021, a small river changed its course upstream after an existing culvert was blocked by debris.
“This resulted in water undermining the road just before the culvert, causing a section of the Wengezi Chimanimani road to collapse at the 69 km peg,” read part of the statement.
“A ditch that is an estimated 3m deep and 3m wide, and impassable to traffic was created,” the statement further reads.
This development resulted in a fatal accident where a motorist drove into the ditch, unaware of the road’s condition.
MHL expressed regret and extended condolences to the deceased motorist’s family.
“It is with sadness that we also inform you that a motorist travelling in the early hours of January 30, unaware of the state of the road , drove into the ditch and regretably passed away.Our condolences go out to the family,” stated MHL official Pearl Mutiti.
She added that the company has mobilised equipment to open a detour to allow vehicles to pass while repairs are underway.
MHL carried out rehabilitation of the road in 2019, after the tropical Cyclone Idai left a trail of destruction in Chimanimani with several bridges and roads destroyed.
Meanwhile, in the latest trading update presented in the last quarter of 2020, MHL celebrated a one million Lost Time Injury Free hours milestone at end of August 2020 and also retained its Safety, Health, Environmental and Quality Management systems certifications.