Floods displace families in Mambwe district

Several families of Chipako Ward in Mambwe District have been displaced following rising water levels in the wake of heavy rains being experienced in the area.

Most families in Chipako area have settled in a water-logged area where they cultivate their crops.

Chipako Ward Councillor Vincent Banda has confirmed the dire situation for affected families, who he said will need emergency tents for shelter.

Mr Banda said most of the crop fields in the area have been submerged and he expressed fear that the crop will be damaged and this may result in food insecurity as people will need relief food to avert hunger.

Meanwhile, Mambwe District Commissioner William Banda said the government is aware of the flood challenges being experienced by the residents of Chipako Ward and other areas in the district. 

Mr Banda said the Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit will soon start distributing relief food and other necessities to the victims. 

“The Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit will soon transport relief food from Chipata once payment is made by the Project Implementing Partners,” he said.

The District Commissioner added that the DMMU has already allocated K25, 000 to the district, meant for logistics to transport relief food to the victims within the district.