Rain brings travel chaos as M5 Salima-Nkhotakota Road closed

The heavy rain-thunderstorms and wind, in the Central Region of Malawi  is causing travel chaos with  Roads Authority (RA) warning thar all routes in the M5 Road (Nkhotakota-Salima road) has been closed because wit has become impassable.

M5 road damaged, , traffic is being redirected to alternative routes

RA spokesperson Portia Kajanga said the road has been cut off at a place called Lisozi Bridge, 50 kilometers from Kaphatenga after a caravan was vandalized and the road submerged.

Kajanga urged people to plan their journeys and that in the meantime motorists should use the Kasungu/Nkhotakota road through Nkhotakota Game Reserve as an alternative.

She hopes the road can be used after days but said with the extent of the damage, M5 roads needs to be reconstructed but pointed out that RA  is currently handicapped due to financial constraints.

“We need a lot of resources to reconstruct this road just like we have done with the Blantyre- Zomba and Liwonde-Mangochi roads,” she said.

Kajanga also  said the wind and heavy rain was causing problems at  Kammwamba-Phalula on the M1 road, where a caravan has been vandalized, the East Bank road where rocks and debris have blocked one side of the road and Kawale road near Share World in Lilongwe as some of the roads that have been affected by this year’s rains.

She  warned motorists to be extra vigilant on the roads  as driving conditions are affected by the heavy rain.

According to Kajanga, vandals have also taken advantage at Lisozi bridge, Kamwamba and Share World in Kawale, stealing  materials that hold the surface of the road to allow water to pass through.

Heavy delays are still being experienced in the area with excess surface water on roads in the central region as  most parts will continue to get the heavy showers.

“The band of rain at the moment is currently pretty heavy and there are further bouts of rainfall expected ,” weather  forecaster said.

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As you can see all areas along the lakeshore are prone to flooding. If you choose to drill oil on any of those areas and should the oil pipes get vandalised, all the oil will wash away into the lake affecting marine life and the quality of water.

Think ahead. Think hard. Do not polute the lake. Do not drill oil near the lake.

Jesus is LORD

Wow. That is one big pothole! I thought South Africa was bad (in Johannesburg with bad rain the highways flood)

Charlie Hebdo

Caravan or CULVERT…maybe I’m wrong, don’t know


The decaying Malawi. One day when the Prince of thieves and his cohorts are gone Malawi will rise again.

Hlabezulu Ngonoonda

Please experts in the Department of Irrigation harvest the excess rain water along this stretch of the road for irrigation in some farms during the dry season.

Ambuje Kukaya

Hlabezulu, that’s why we said we do not need to get water from the Lake. The country needs dams on most of our major rivers to conserve this rainwater that comes plenty during this season.


That’s very but idea mama Portia Kajanga. How long would you maintain that KK road instead of deconstructing a new one? why are you only maintaining it

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