Zambia mobilises resources to help over 250 families affected by floods

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Lusaka – Zambian Government, Friday said it had stepped efforts to help more than 250 families, displaced by flash floods, in eastern district of Mambwe.

government said it had mobilised resources such as food, tents and medical supplies to help the families.

Flash floods, following heavy rains in recent days, have displaced residents while crops have been submerged in water.
Olipa Phiri, Minister in Office of the Vice-President which also deals with disasters, said an assessment had revealed that many houses have collapsed and that people have no shelter.

She said that government had since mobilised food and 147 tents for the affected families.

“Looking at situation, the rains are expected to continue, and as a government, we are ready to handle the situation to help the affected families,’’ she said.

According to Phiri, affected families were currently being kept at a local school but noted that the families will be moved to higher ground as schools will soon open.