Caia, Mozambique

Caia is a town on the south bank of the Zambezi River in Sofala Province, Mozambique. It is a relatively small town with few modern facilities besides a petrol station and the neighbouring bank. Caia and surrounding communities have been experiencing an escalating HIV/AIDS epidemic, drawing national and foreign aid to the area, including a Canadian foundation called the Caia Connection based in Vila de Sena, 57.6 Kilometres north of Caia.[1]

Caia, Mozambique
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Caia, Mozambique is located in Mozambique
Caia, Mozambique
Caia, Mozambique
Coordinates: 17°50′S 35°20′E / 17.833°S 35.333°E / -17.833; 35.333
Country Mozambique
ProvincesSofala Province

TransportationEdit

 
Caia bridge under construction.

In March 2007, construction commenced on what would be the longest road bridge to span the Zambezi. The bridge over the Zambezi was officially opened on August 1, 2009, and with some controversy, was named after the current president of Mozambique, Armando Emilio Guebuza.[2] With a length of 2376 metres and width of 16 m it will be longer than the bridges at Tete and Katima Mulilo, exceeded only by the Dona Ana Bridge, which has been restored as a rail only bridge. The anticipated bridge was crucial in linking the Sofala Province and the Zambezia Province.[3] The Caia bridge cost an estimated US$80 million.[4]

Caia also has an airport with a 900-metre paved runway, and is a station on the Sena railway from Beira via the Dona Ana Bridge to Malawi, Moatize and Tete, which was the damaged in the Mozambique Civil War and is currently being rehabilitated.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "(Vila De Sena to Caia) Mozambique". Google Inc. Retrieved 8 November 2011.
  2. ^ "Zambezi Bridge inaugurated". High Commission of the Republic of Mozambique. Retrieved 8 November 2011.
  3. ^ "Zambezi Bridge inaugurated". High Commission of the Republic of Mozambique. Retrieved 8 November 2011.
  4. ^ "Zambezi Bridge to Start in July (Mozambique)." Archived 2006-11-09 at the Wayback Machine World Bridge News, retrieved 12 November 2007. Google Earth has high resolution photos of Caia, showing the ferry, land cleared for the bridge approaches, and derelict railway rolling stock.

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Coordinates: 17°50′S 35°20′E / 17.833°S 35.333°E / -17.833; 35.333