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KOICA Provides €1.8M To Finance Road Safety Project in Maputo

KOICA Provides €1.8M To Finance Road Safety Project in Maputo

The Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) intends to finance with 1.8 million euros (equivalent to 125.1 million meticals) a road safety project in Maputo, which aims to improve protection systems on national roads.

According to a document quoted by Lusa, the project consists of the placement of zebra crossings, sound bands, traffic lights and installation of cameras to prevent speeding and traffic sign violations, road widening, public lighting, bus stops, zebra crossings, pavements and roundabout signalling.

“The work under the initiative, promoted by KOICA, with the support of the Mozambican Government, also includes the installation of LED lighting in school areas, resurfacing of pavements, placement of pedestrian bridges and central barriers on the roads to prevent irregular crossing,” the document said.

According to a report by the Ministry of Transport and Communications, in the first quarter of 2023, Mozambique recorded a total of 387 deaths from road accidents, a reduction of 11% when compared to the 434 deaths recorded in the same period of 2022.

The deaths resulted from a total of 357 road accidents recorded in the same period, which also caused 295 serious injuries and 412 minor injuries.

The Ministry points to speeding, mechanical deficiencies, poor pedestrian crossing, priority cutting, irregular overtaking and drink driving as the main causes of road accidents.

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