Heavy rain leaves 17 families in cold

SEVENTEEN families in Solwezi’s Kimiteto have been left homeless after their houses collapsed following a downpour on Tuesday.
North-Western Province Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit (DMMU) regional co-ordinator Peter Kabaso confirmed the development in an interview yesterday.
Mr Kabaso said the damage happened on Tuesday and that two children aged two and six years were seriously injured and are admitted to Solwezi General Hospital.
“Seventeen households in Kimiteto area were affected and their houses were extensively damaged. Government is saddened by the crisis, which has left people homeless,” he said.
He said his office has since informed the national office in Lusaka on the need to assist the victims with tents and iron sheets to enable them put up new structures.
“Out of the 17, we have five most affected households, and by today, we are finalising the delivery of tents. And as DMMU, we are grateful that no life was lost apart from the two children that were seriously injured,” Mr Kabaso said.
He appealed to people who received tents from the DMMU to return them so that they could be given to the other families in need.
Mr Kabaso said his office will not hesitate to report to police people who will fail to return the tents to the DMMU after coming out of a crisis.
Meanwhile, a footbridge at Kandundu-Mushitala crossing point has been washed away resulting in about 800 people being cut off from accessing the central business district.
Mr Kabaso said the DMMU will soon put up a temporary bridge, adding that plans are underway to construct a concrete bridge and the necessary components have already been bought.
And residents of Mushitala have appealed to Government to quickly work on the bridge, which connects the area to the rest of the district.
Castro Sandala, who came to report the matter to the DMMU, said children are finding it difficult to go to school after the bridge was washed away.

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