5 January 2013

Zambia: Chifubu Downpour Leaves Families Homeless

FIVE families have been left homeless and their domestic livestock swept away after a heavy downpour caused major flooding in Ndola's Chifubu area on Thursday night.

However, no human lives were lost as a fire brigade rescue team that rushed to the scene managed to rescue the victims before water levels in their homes reached a height of two metres.

Meanwhile, Government has warned members of the public of stern consequences should they continue constructing structures in areas located in or around water bodies.

According to a report given by the Disaster Mitigation and Management Unit (DMMU), the flood was caused by heaps of garbage that blocked the flow of water in Chifubu Stream.

The rise in water levels afterwards caused flooding which left structures near the stream submerged in not less than two metres of water.

As a result, livestock was swept away and household goods destroyed.

Copperbelt Province Permanent Secretary Stanford Msichili who toured the area yesterday said Government would not hesitate to demolish structures built in areas which when flooded could cause devastation for local residents.

He observed that most of the damaged structures in the area could not withstand the water pressure because they are constructed not more than two to three metres away from the stream.

Mr Msichili also urged Ndola City Council to ensure that garbage in the designated areas was collected on time so as to ease the flow of water in flood prone areas.

The affected families are now squatting with neighbours as DMMU is clearing the area.

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