–Fruit bats have invaded Kabansa area in Serenje district in Central province.
Serenje District Commissioner, Charles Mwelwa, disclosed the invasion of the flying mamals during the District Disaster Management Committee (DDMC) meeting held in his office over the weekend.
Mr Mwelwa said he received a report from the head teacher of Kabansa Primary School that fruit-eating bats, the possible carriers of the deadly Ebola virus, have infested the valley area that lies about 150 km north-east of Serenje town.
Mr Mwelwa said large numbers of bats in the area can be found in people’s homes and classrooms.
The District Commissioner said the people of Kabansa are also living in fear of lions and have run out of water as the only source of water in the area has dried up.
He said the lions, which have started coming close to people’s homes, have so far not attacked anyone.
Mr Mwelwa said he will write the Disaster Management and Mitigation (DMMU) to assist the district with a water drilling equipment to sink boreholes in the area.
The committee resolved to send a team of health, council and Zambia Wild Life Authority (ZAWA) officers among others to go and assess the situation in the embattled area.