The Lusaka City Council (LCC) is compiling a report on the state of drainage system in the city following the heavy downpour which left some parts of Lusaka flooded.
Floods covered Lusaka’s Kamwala shopping area, town centre, Kulima tower bus station and some residential areas following the rains that poured from around midnight to midmorning of yesterday.
LCC Assistant Public Relations Manager Mulunda Habeenzu told ZANIS in an interview yesterday that council engineers were in the field assessing the situation before a report is written.
Mr. Habeenzu said the affected areas will be worked on as soon as the report is done.
He said the report, which was expected to be ready by yesterday but delayed because engineers were locked in a meeting which lasted the whole day, will also help determine the extent of the flood and further help identify affected drainages.
When asked whether the council has plans of making an embankment on the Bombay drain in Kamwala where some shops are likely to be affected by floods should heavy rains continue, Mr. Habenzu said all the drainages in the city will be worked on if the report suggests that they are in a bad state.
Some shops in Kamwala area lie very close to the Bombay drain which has no portal flame to stop it from expanding.
The shops that are close to the Bombay drain are therefore likely to collapse should the rains continue.
Meanwhile, the Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit (DMMU), a department in the Office of the Vice President which is in charge of mitigating disasters, has been inspecting the drainage system in the city to ensure that any kind of disaster is prevented.
Recently, Deputy Minister in the Office of the Vice President Harry Kalaba inspected the Bombay drain and other drainages in the city and directed the council to clear garbage in the systems to avoid blockages.
And when contacted for a comment on the reported flood in the city, DMMU National coordinator Patrick Kangwa could not comment as he was in the field to access the flood situation in the city.