400 Mushili houses flooded

ABOUT 400 households in Mushili Lower are flooded following continuous heavy rains in Ndola.
Acting Ndola district commissioner Taphen Muloongo confirmed the development in an interview.
Mr Muloongo said Government is responding positively regarding the floods in Mushili Lower, adding that the matter is currently with the national coordinator at the Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit (DMMU) in the Vice-President’s Office.
“The district administration has done what we can; all we need is close to K500,000 to do the work with the council.
“The whole area of Mushili Lower is affected, close to 300 to 400 households are affected. The issue is receiving maximum attention,’ he said.
He appealed to residents to remain calm because Government is working on addressing the situation as quickly as possible.
Mr Muloongo further explained that the issue of unplanned settlement in the area has resulted in residents dwelling in water-logged houses as there is no proper drainage system.
And more than eight families in Mufulira’s Kawama East township have been left homeless after their houses collapsed following a heavy downpour, MELODY MUPETA reports in Kitwe.
Mufulira district commissioner Zakeyo Kamanga said in an interview that his office is still trying to ascertain the total number of houses that have been affected before it could engage the DMMU.
‘‘We experienced heavy rains on Sunday night which have left more than eight families homeless,’’ Mr Kamanga said.
He said he had also received reports of houses collapsing in Kankoyo constituency as well as Kawama East, although he was yet to ascertain the number.
He observed that most houses which collapsed were constructed using poor materials such as mud bricks, which could not withstand the pressure of the rainfall.
Mr Kamanga said six of the affected families vacated their houses and are staying with their neighbours, while two other families are still in their semi-damaged houses, although it is not safe to do so.
He said after establishing the extent of the damage, his office would contact the DMMU to help with the provision of tents.

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