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State to compensate rain victims

LINDA NYONDO, Lusaka
GOVERNMENT says it will compensate the 45 families whose houses collapsed and had their goods swept away by heavy rains in Mbala and Mpulungu districts in Northern Province.
Northern Province minister Freedom Sikazwe said in an interview in Lusaka yesterday that a team of officers from the provincial disaster management and mitigation unit (DMMU) is on the ground to assess the impact of the damage.
He said that some families have been provided with tents, while others are staying with relatives as they wait for help from DMMU.
“We are waiting for an assessment report from the team which has been sent there. They are right now on the ground doing the assessment of the damage caused,” he said.
Mr Sikazwe said Government wants to have a true picture of what is obtaining on the ground before disaster victims could be compensated.
He appealed to the affected families to be patient and wait for Government to do the needful at the right time.
The minister also advised Mbala and Mpulungu residents to stop constructing their houses in the plains to avoid disasters in future.
“Most of the houses in Mpulungu and Mbala which have collapsed are muddy, the other problem is that they were constructed in the plains,” Mr Sikazwe said.

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