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Cameroon – Road National No 3: The Mányai bridge on the Yaounde-Douala road is causing havoc to villagers

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Written by Deckson N.

5 days after the laying of the nozzle container, residents of Mányai are left with flooded plantations, inaccessible habitats, cattle stampeding and polluted drinking water sources.

According to the Economie newspaper of 31 October 2016, the damage is enormous, and local residents unanimous on that: the container bridge is responsible for the recent floods recorded in the village. The bed of the river overflowed and the water took an unusual direction. “There’s water everywhere. The villagers are holed up at home, the most courageous braved the water and mud to join the national 3 (Yaounde-Douala axis), the main point of convergence. Here, local residents observe keenly the work of deviation which adjoins the Mányai container bridge, “says the daily.

Here, it said in the newspaper, the bridge rehabilitation work is a real freak. The people are still worried. “They underestimated the stream” says a man named “Papa Philippe.” The sexagenarian strongly criticizes the technique used by engineers. “This container is too narrow to let the water flow easily. They had to put a larger one, “he says, before adding:” This is why we have standing water in front of our homes, our fields and drinking water wells.

Another one wanted to show everyone the state of his farm of tubers (cassava, cocoyam, plantain). The road to his plantation is full of water and mud puddles. Slippery and difficult to negotiate. “Look for yourself, everything is in the water. My cocoyam and cassava are completely rotten. To feed my children, we had to buy a bag of rice on Wednesday, October 26, 2016. Expenses that were not foreseen, “said the lady, exasperated.

The water which passes through the container flows on a surface that will be deflected in a few days. “The flow is strong today because it rained at night,” says François Kamseu, the foreman. According to him, the excesses of water are simply related to the rain.

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