4 people die in Chama district due to floods

By Staff Reporter

 

Chama District in Muchinga Province has been hit with serious floods resulting in the loss of four lives.

 

Muchinga Permanent Secretary Jobbicks Kalumba said the floods that have hit Chama South Constituency were as a result of heavy rains being experienced in the area.

 

He said the floods have also submerged crops destroying infrastructure such as bridges and feeder roads.

 

Kalumba said four people who have died were attempting to cross the flooded Luangwa River.

 

“Eleven houses in Chifunda and Mapamba areas in Chama South Constituency have also collapsed due to the floods, leaving many families homeless. Crops have also been damaged following a second wave of floods which occurred daily,” he said.

 

Kalumba has however, appealed to the Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit (DMMU) to quickly intervene into the matter by coming to the aid of the flood victims.

 

“There is urgent need of conducting an aerial assessment of the damage caused in affected areas in order to come up with urgent solutions in the problematic areas. I am assuring the people of Chama South that Government will quickly come to their aid by provision of relief food,” he said

 

Last year, Chama North was also hit with heavy floods that left a number of families homeless with 377 houses collapsing, crops damaged and main bridges washed away.