Government has given mealie meal to over 44 families whose houses recently collapsed due to heavy rains in Kawama ward 16 in Luanshaya district.
District Commissioner Patrick Maipambe said the mealie meal was given to the victims to mitigate the effects of the floods from which household goods and food were destroyed.
“This mealie meal comes as a mitigation measure, to provide the flood victims with food as you know their household goods including food was flooded. This should help them to have something to eat as we are trying to see how best they can be assisted to restore their lives to normal,” he observed.
Mr Maipambe said his office was alive to the various challenges that the flood victims had suffered which included lack of accommodation and food.
He observed that most victims had sought refuge from their neighbors and extended families as the government was working out means to assist them.
He added that his office and the Zambia Red Cross had visited the area to ascertain the extent of damage and assess the areas of need.
And Margret Sampa, a beneficiary to the mealie meal whose house collapsed, thanked government for the gesture but further appealed for assistance of materials to help in rebuilding her house.
“We appreciate all that the government is doing for us in this time of need, but we want to extend an appeal to the government and other well-wishers to come to our aid and help us with building materials so that we can rebuild our houses,” she said.
Over 44 households were left homeless after their houses collapsed from a heavy downpour in Luanshya’s Kawama Township