Floods have razed down two community Schools and swept away more than 400 hundred fields in Sinazongwe district.
Nkandabbwe ward Councillor Partson Mangunje and Sinazongwe District Vice Chairperson Fisher Zimana who is also Nangombe ward Councillor disclosed to ZANIS that the affected farmers were from the two wards.
Mr. Mangunje disclosed that Kasika Community School and Siazwela collapsed in Nkandabbwe ward.
He said pupils were temporarily having their lessons in the near by Church.
“The situation is bad for the villagers who spent their hard earned money to build a structure to improve the future of their children and now it has been razed down,” Mr.Mangunje said.
Mr. Mangunje said 80 farmers were destroyed by heavy rains that have continued to affect the district.
Sinazongwe District Council Chairperson said floods have swept away more than 300 fields for the people in his area.
Mr. Zimana said six cattle were also killed by heavy rains and people were desperately in need of relief food.
He said several houses were also razed down and he was collecting data to find out the exact number of houses that have collapsed.
Mr. Zimana said some people who houses have collapsed were being sheltered at Sinanjola Primary School and Munyati Primary School while waiting for tents from the Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit (DMMU) from the office of the Vice President.
Several fields have been swept away and more than 200 hundred houses have collapsed though most areas such as Muuka, Dengeza, Siameja, Kafwambila, Siampondo, and Sinankumbi have noted been assessed because of the impassable roads.
Meanwhile the price of mealie-meal has continued to be hiked in Sinazongwe district as a bag of 25 kg bag roller meal is being sold at K70, 000.
Sinazongwe District Vice Chairperson Fisher Zimana said the highest prices are being witnessed in his Nangombe ward where the Nangombe Bridge has been damaged following the floods.
Mr. Zimana who is also the Nangombe ward Councilor said Chiyabi is the most affected because of the drastic reducation in the supply of the commodity as vehicle were felling to reach the area since the road was impassable.
He noted that in Malima area a 25 kg bag of roller meal was being sold at K50, 000.
The District vice Council Chairperson urged government to quickly intervene in the matter to save the people from further exploitation.
A Check on mealie-meal prices in Sinazongwe found that a 25 kg bag of breakfast was being sold at K47, 000 while a bag of roller meal was K38, 000.
In Maamba Township a 25 Kg bag of break fast was being sold at K38, 500 while a similar bag of roller meal was at K32, 000.
Floods that the district has continued to experience has also affected the supply of other essential basic food stuffs such as vegetables, sugar and beer has run out in some drinking places.
Mr. Zimana also said the Road Construction Company has started working on the damaged Nangombe Bridge along Bottom road from Sinazeze to Gwembe.
Maize mealie- meal is Zambia stepple food.