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5 bridges in need of rehabilitation

CHAMBO NG’UNI, Serenje
SERENJE district commissioner Francis Kalipenta has urged the Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit (DMMU) to repair five bridges which were washed away by heavy rains in Chief Chisomo’s area.
Chief Chisomo recently said his area was cut off from the rest of Serenje district when the bridges on Chisomo road got washed away after several days of heavy rains.
Mr Kalipenta said in an interview recently that Chisomo road is an important route as it also leads to Chief Chisomo’s palace.
“The situation is that the small bridges have been washed away but people have put logs where the bridges were as a temporary measure so that vehicles can pass,” he said.
Mr Kalipenta said some houses which collapsed in Chisomo due to heavy rains were poorly constructed.
He also said people who plant their maize near Lukushi River are usually affected whenever the river banks burst due to heavy rains.
Meanwhile, Serenje has received 50 metric tonnes of relief maize from DMMU for people who requested for help.
Mr Kalipenta said Kabanse and Chisomo are among the areas where relief maize has been distributed to the affected people.
“We have distributed 538 bags of relief maize and the remaining bags will be distributed to other areas in the district,” he said.

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