3,000 structures washed away in Nsama, Mpulungu


OVER 3,300 structures including houses and shops on the shores of Lake Tanganyika in Nsama and Mpulungu have been washed away by heavy current due to a rise in water levels in the lake.
The two districts have witnessed a rise in water levels in the lake since March this year, which has led to the destruction of 3,000 houses and shops in Nsama and 300 in Mpulungu.
The water levels in the lake are estimated to have risen by about 2.5 metres due to high rainfall experienced in East Africa.
Experts that study Lake Tanganyika, the second largest freshwater lake in the world by volume, say it reached a record height of 777.2m on April 24, 2024, breaking its previous record from May 1964, when it experienced a once-in-a-century flood.
Both Nsama District Commissioner Steward Katele and his counterpart for Mpulungu, Gerhard Sikazwe, confirmed the incidents in separate interviews.
Mr Katele said the situation has rendered a high number of families homeless and forced them to be accommodated by friends and families…https://enews.daily-mail.co.zm/