8 January 2013

Zambia: Ndola Drainage Repairs Get K100 Million Boost

The Disaster Managament Unit in Ndola will spend K100m on drainage repairs.

THE Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit (DMMU) will spend KR100,000 (K100 million) to fix the drainage system in Ndola.

The move comes in the wake of a near catastrophe in which floods left five families' homeless and livestock swept away in Chifubu Township near the stream.Meanwhile, the five families, whose houses were flooded as a result of heavy rains in Chifubu, have moved back to their homes.

DMMU Copperbelt regional coordinator Edwin Muyunda said the project which commenced yesterday, was being done in collaboration with the Rural Roads Unit (RRU)and the Copperbelt Provincial Administration.

"The DMMU in partnership with the RRU and the Provincial Administration of the Copperbelt have started a 10-day project which will see the clearing of all natural drainages in Ndola," he said.

Mr Muyunda said depending on the effectiveness of the machinery and labour force on site, the project would be completed before the stipulated period.

Mr Muyunda said the five families that were forced out of their flooded houses in Chifubu, had returned to their homes.

The families went back to their homes immediately after the DMMU completed routine maintenance works in the area.

Mr Muyunda urged the residents to refrain from dumping garbage in undesignated areas so as to ease the flow of water.

He has also urged the Ndola City Council (NCC) to implement punitive measures on residents constructing structures in or around water bodies.

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