—The Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit (DMMU) has started mobilising shelter for the victims and is distributing food to the 17 families of Kakuli Wamalilo and Machincha villages in Kalabo district whose houses were gutted by fire over the
Kalabo District Commissioner, Masela Chinyama, who is also District Disaster Management Team (DDMT) chairperson, told ZANIS that beddings and cooking utensils were also being mobilised to mitigate an outbreak of diseases.
Mrs Chinyama said the DDMT was aware of people spending nights in the cold and not having food hence the quick action.
She said so far there was no threat of any disease outbreak as the district team was on the ground to put the necessary preventive measures in place.
“We are aware people are spending nights in the cold; we have taken food already and we are mobilising more food, beddings, shelter and cooking utensils. So far there has been no disease outbreak,” Mrs Chinyama said.
On Saturday 17 families were displaced after fire swept through their homes destroying property worth thousands of kwacha in two separate incidences.
The first ten affected families were from Kakuli Wamulilo village in chief Imbwaye’s chiefdom while the seven destroyed homes were in Machincha village in chief Mundandwe’s area where a 54-year-old woman sustained serious burns as she tried to extinguish the fire.