A heavy rainstorm left 100 families of Chichele ward,Ndola stranded after their houses were damaged by the storm. 34 houses had roofs completely blown off.The familes sought shelter at a primary school.
Bwana Mkubwa Constituency MP,Dr Jonas Chanda requested for assistance for the victims through the Disaster Management Unit (DMU) in the Vice Presidents Office.
Dr.Chanda thanked the Minister for Presidential Affairs,Freedom Sikazwe for coming to the aid of the victims at very short notice.Each of the affected 100 families received a bag of mealie meal, fish, cooking oil, salt.
Dr.Chanda said the long term solution to preventing disasters is to provide decent housing for the people through legalisation and re-designing of settlements. He appealed to the local business community in Bwana Mukuba constituency for help.
Meanwhile a hail storm has blown off a roof on a one by two Classroom block at Chiriwe Primary School, destroyed several houses including two churches and injured several people in Luangwa District.
The hail storm which started at around 15:00 on Saturday ripped off the whole roof on a newly rehabilitated one by two classroom block,
two offices and also blew off the roofs on teachers houses.
Acting Luangwa District Commissioner, Ngoni Moyo and District Education Board Secretary (DEBS), Veronica Mubanga who rushed to the
scene to check on the damage at the school described the situation as a disaster as the hail storm did not only affect the school but
several houses in the surrounding villages.
Mr Moyo who visited the affected houses sympathized with the people especially those that were injured and said his office was going to
inform the higher authorities to find a way forward.
Among the injured was a two year girl.Also affected by the storm were two churches the Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) and the Pass over Living Lamb Ministries which also had the roofs blown off.
Chiriwe Primary School Head Teacher, Ephraim Mapiki said the hail storm which lasted for almost thirty minutes has also left other teachers houses at a threat as the roofs were no longer stable especially that most of the structures were built in the early 70s.
Meanwhile Mr Moyo has implored the Building Officer under the DEBS Officer and the District Works Supervisor to be monitoring all the
construction and rehabilitation of Government structures in the District to ensure that they are built according to the standard.The Acting District Commissioner said it was sad that a newly rehabilitated classroom block which is less than a year can be damaged in such a way by the hail storm.