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State dispatches 1,000 bags of relief maize

From BUTTYSON KANDIMBA in Solwezi
GOVERNMENT has dispatched 1,000 bags of relief maize for distribution to families whose crops were washed away by floods in North-Western Province.
Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit (DMMU) provincial coordinator Peter Kabaso said the maize will be distributed to all the affected households in the region.
“Zambezi was assessed using a ZAF helicopter and 100 metric tonnes of maize were supposed to have been distributed to the affected families by now but the exercise was suspended as it coincided with other national assignments.
An NGO known as Nazarane has now been allowed to go ahead and distribute the relief maize to the west bank,” he said.
Mr Kabaso said this here during the Provincial Development Coordinating Committee (PDCC) meeting.
He said Government has further allocated K74,000 to the DMMU for the construction of Chilumba and Kasalya-Samundengo bridges in Kabompo district.
“Materials for the two bridges have already been transported on site. The Chilumba bridge was allocated K46,000, while Kasalya-Samundengo received K28,000,” he said.
Mr Kabaso further disclosed that DMMU has procured and delivered two banana boats to Sachibondu and Ntambu areas in Mwinilunga district for use during the rainy season as the two areas are usually flooded.
He added that the bill of quantity for rehabilitation of Senior Chief Sikufele’s house in Manyinga, Mufumbwe Secondary School laboratory block, whose roofs were blown off last year, and the detention house of former President Kenneth Kaunda in Kabompo  is  awaiting a response from the treasury.
“Follow ups for possible funding were made on all of these issues and the latest position from DMMU is that we are yet to receive a response,” he said.
Mr Kabaso implored other government institutions and the private sector to put in place disaster preparedness plans as required by law to enable the DMMU to fully address possible disasters.




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