———-Government through the Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit (DMMU) will soon complete construction of Maveve Bridge in Kabompo district in North Western province estimated at K 500,000.
DMMU has also set up Chilumba Foot Bridge in Manyinga district at a cost of about K46, 000.
DMMU Regional Coordinator, Peter Kabaso said 95 percent of the works have already been done with K 445,000 so far released.
Mr Kabaso said the bridge will be completed before the end of this year and will benefit the people who have been experiencing difficulties in crossing the river during the rainy season.
Mr Kabaso said people of Maveve will no longer be cut off from the rest of the district and has since called on residents to make prudent use of the facility.
Mr Kabaso was speaking in Kabompo soon after inspecting works at the Maveve Bridge in Kabompo and Chilumba Foot Bridge in Manyinga.
He disclosed that DMMU sought to put a bridge in the areas to prevent human animal conflicts where most people were attacked by crocodiles while crossing the waters.
And Kabompo District Commissioner (DC), Jackson Makupa, commended government for setting up bridges in the district.
Mr Makupa said the district will always work in collaboration with DMMU to safeguard the lives and interests of the people.
Mr Makupa was speaking in Kabompo when the DMMU paid a courtesy call on him.
Meanwhile, Manyinga District Commissioner, Queen Manela has called on the DMMU to provide the district with a dugout canoe or banana boat to assist ferry pupils to nearby schools.
Speaking when DMMU paid a courtesy call on her at her office Ms Manela commended the efforts of the unit aimed at averting disasters in her district.
Ms Manela added that the district was still using the tents that were provided by DMMU last year to address some challenges that continue to occur in the district.
In response Mr Kabaso assured that his office will lobby the national office for possible assistance of a banana boat before schools open next year.