Livelihood shattered in Lunga

AN aerial view of houses affected by heavy rains in the Bangweulu swamps in Lunga district, Luapula Province. Right, residents wade through the water-logged terrain after heavy rains. PICTURES: ROYD SIBAJENE/ZANIS

FOR 85-year-old Dorothy Kabwela, the rising water levels on Bwalyamponda Island in Lunga district of Luapula, seemed ordinary and would not cause any harm to life and property.
Alas, as the rains intensified between March 14 and 16, Ms Kabwela and hundreds of Bwalyamponda residents realised that the situation was getting worse, and was in fact life-threatening.
Residents of Bwalyamponda Island say this year’s floods are the worst they have experienced in 20 years.
They are reminiscent of the torrential rains the island experienced in 1998, resulting in people’s homes being destroyed and livelihoods shattered as rice and cassava fields got inundated by floodwaters.
For aged people like Ms Kabwela, whose thatched house was among the many structures that got submerged in water, relief services in the form of temporary shelters and food is what they need at the moment.http://epaper.daily-mail.co.zm/

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