Relocate to upper areas – Muchinga PS advises residents
By Staff Reporter
Muchinga Province Permanent Secretary Joyce Nsamba has advised flood victims in Chambeshi in Chinsali district, Muchinga Province to relocate to upper land in order to avoid the reoccurrence of a similar disaster that has left many residents homeless.
Nsamba was speaking in Chuma village of Chambeshi ward yesterday shortly after an on spot check to assess the extent of the damage caused to houses and other infrastructure in the area.
Zambia News & Information Services reports that Nsamba attributed to heavy rains to effects of climate change which were now evident everywhere and that there was need to come up with long lasting solutions to mitigate the situation.
She said people in the affected areas which are prone to floods should consider moving to higher lands in order to protect their lives and property.
“While government will render the needed support to the affected families, there is need to start thinking of moving away from flood prone areas and use them instead for the cultivation of crops such as rice. I am happy that I have visited the affected families to see for myself the extent of the damage following heavy rains that have hit the area,” said Nsamba
And DMMU provincial coordinator Joshua Banda appealed to the affected families to construct houses that have a strong foundation.
Banda also appealed to the affected families to remain calm as they wait for assistance from the Government through DMMU.
Chambeshi ward councillor Lucy Mukuka thanked Nsamba and her team for responding quickly to the hazard that had befallen the people in the area.
A total of 90 houses in Chambeshi have been affected with 75 in Chuma village and 15 in Mulolo.
Also 17 hectares of maize and 22 hectares of Cassava have been washed away.