Government, through the Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit (DMMU), has distributed tents to the 662 families whose houses collapsed after heavy rains in Mumbwa district in Central province.
Deputy Minister in the Office of the Vice President Harry Kalaba handed over the tents and assured the affected families of government’s commitment to mitigating their situation.
Mr. Kalaba said only 85 tents have been distributed to the families today adding that more are yet to be delivered to the victims.
He also distributed mosquito nets and chlorine to the victims.
He said plans were underway for portable toilets to be delivered at the four schools in the district which were closed after their toilets collapsed due to the heavy rains.
Mr. Kalaba said government was concerned that crops were dying due to floods in the district.
He said to this effect, government was engaged in consultations to find a lasting solution to the problem.
He expressed sorrow that a life was lost in the tragic collapse of the houses saying government will do its best to prevent more loss of lives.
Last week, 662 houses collapsed due to heavy rains in Mumbwa district, leaving hundreds of people homeless.