Several houses in Kitwe’s Buchi Residential area along Mansa road have been submerged in water due to a poorly constructed drainage.
The drainage which was put up after the construction of a new road fails to drain away water as it lacks a slanting side as a result, water fails to drain out on either ends of the drainage.
The flooding is posing a serious danger to life as the water levels are reaching live electricity cables in some homes which can result in electric shocks.
In addition, Cholera is likely to break out as the water flooding the houses is contaminated with sewer effluent from overflowing sewer dunks.
Speaking when Kitwe District Commissioner (DC) Binwell Mpundu toured the area which is in Nkana Constituency, the residents complained that the flooding challenge has been there for about three years and nothing has been done to address it despite their efforts to report to the ward councillor.
And Susan Mwenya whose house is submerged in water appealed to the DC to address the problem before a health disaster befalls the people in the area.
Other residents complained that they are forced to park their vehicles in private garages as they are failing to park from their yards due to floods.
The residents wondered why council officers are failing to address the problem when they are paid to address such issues.
The residents also castigated Nkana Water for failing to address the problem of overflowing blocked sewer dunks in Buchi which is posing a health hazard.
And Kitwe District Commissioner, Binwell Mpundu expressed disappointment with the Kitwe City Council Engineering department for failing to supervise the contractor who was working on the drainage.
Mr Mpundu urged the council to immediately ensure that the contractor rebuilds the work in a proper manner that will address the flooding problem.
He urged civic leaders and members of parliament not to blame him when he follows up complaints being brought to his office by residents in their respective areas because he did not want the name of the president to be dragged in mud due to their failure.
Mr Mpundu also visited East of Garnetone residential area which is also facing a problem of poor drainages resulting in flooding in homes as well as damaged roads rendering some places inaccessible using vehicles.