Heavy rains wash away bridge in Mkushi District
Mkushi, February 26th, 2014, ZANIS—The Nkomashi Bridge in Luano District’s Kaundula Chiefdom has been swept away as result of the heavy rains in the area over the past few days.
Luano District Commissioner (DC) Luka Mwamba confirmed the development to ZANIS, today.
Mr. Mwamba says a heavy downpour that begun over the weekend had caused extensive damage to the Bridge.
He explained that residents on the Kaundula side of the Bridge have been cut off from Mkushi District, as a result.
He expressed hope that the Bridge would be repaired as soon as possible, adding that the development had impacted negatively on the daily activities of Kaundula residents.
One Kaundula Resident, Goliath Kapemba, narrated that the damaged Bridge had also delayed the installation of mobile network connection works as the truck carrying communication Tower equipment was stuck other side of Nkomashi river.
And Luano DC Mwamba thanked Government for allocating the District with additional 100 metric tonnes of relief maize through the Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit (DMMU).
Mr. Mwamba said in a separate interview that the latest consignment of relief food was earmarked to be airlifted to the valley Chiefdoms of Mboroma, Chembe and Mboshya as soon as possible.
He elaborated that 80% of this food would distribute under the ‘Food for Work’ criteria, whilst 20% would be given to vulnerable persons who had been identified.
He disclosed that works on the airstrips of the valley Chiefdoms had been singled out as the project that was attached to the ‘Food for Work’ DMMU relief food distribution.
He said that prior to the 100 metric tonnes allocation, the District had received 700 bags of maize for distribution on the plateau Chiefdoms of Kaundula, Chikupili and Kaneshya.
Mr. Mwamba affirmed that the 700 bags would be distributed to the plateau Chiefdoms next week, adding that the relief food also had a component of ‘Food for Work’ as well as 20 percent for vulnerable persons such as the aged as well and the physically challenged.
ZANIS / ENDS / CM / MM…………………..DRY.