Villagers in Kabansa area in Serenje District have called on the Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit (DMMU) under the office of the Vice President to sink boreholes in the area.
Kabansa which is in Chieftainess Serenje’s area is facing a critical shortage of water as water sources in the area have dried up.
Pickson Mwendalubi Chieftainess Serenje’s advisor explained that water in Kunsa stream which has been the source of water for the people in the area started drying up in June and now the situation has worsened.
Mr Mwendalubi, said pupils at Kabansa Primary school are forced to draw water from Tuba stream which is about five kilometres away from the school.
Mr Mwendalubi has since appealed to government to sink boreholes at the school and in the surrounding villages because people in the area are drinking contaminated water.
Another villager, Loveness Kapilya 44 said water is life and called on the government to find a lasting solution to the problem before lives are lost.
And area Community Lead Total and Sanitation Champion (CLTS) Nelson Mwendalubi has asked the government to treat the issue as agent before an outbreak of diseases in the area.
Meanwhile, the District Disaster Management and Mitigation Committee has visited the area to verify reports of Lions that were terrorizing people.
The team will soon submit its finding to the District Commissioner.
Serenje District Commissioner Charles Mwelwa said he will soon write to the DMMU in Kabwe to assist drill boreholes in Kabansa.
Mr Mwelwa however, added that his office will also engage Serenje District Council to sink wells for the people in the area to use before DMMU sinks the boreholes.
The District Commissioner has since urged the Kabansa community to remain calm as his office is working around the clock to solve the problem.