Land mines continue to appear on Sena railroad in Mozambique

28 December 2006

Beira, Mozambique, 28 Dec – Specialists are scheduled to inspect the Sena railroad in Mozambique, in order to certify that the line is free of land mines, the National De-mining Institute (IND) said in Beira.

The Sena line links Dondo, some 30 kilometers west of Beira, to the coal mines at Moatize in Tete province and includes branch lines to the border with Malawi and the city of Marromeu.

The line, which is 670 kilometers long, was swept and declared free of mines by US company RONCO in September and the IND issued a certificate to the railroad management company, Companhia de Portos e de Caminhos de Ferro de Moçambique.

However, an Indian worker from the Ricon consortium, which is totally rebuilding the Sena line, died when a land mine exploded at Inhamitanga station.

In November, the IND’s acting delegate for the center of the country told daily newspaper Notícias that more mines had been discovered along the railroad.

Mozambican news agency AIM has offered two possible explanations – either RONCO did not clear all the mines or someone is placing mines along the Sena railroad. (macauhub)