British High Commissioner to Zambia Nicholas Woolley has stressed the need for African leaders, including President Hakainde Hichilema to implement the agreements and commitments they made at the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow, Scotland last year, as a means of addressing the flood and storm situation being experienced due to climate change.
Mr. Woolley said that President Hichilema and Zambia, in general, has a major role to play in taking forward the negotiations and commitments that African leaders signed up to during the conference especially since Zambia was selected as the chair of the African group of negotiators for the next two years.
Mr. Woolley told a local radio station QFM that most of the climate change devastating effects currently being experienced such as floods, droughts, and storms are man-made, which with concerted global efforts can be addressed.
Meanwhile, 285 houses in the Ndola district on the Copperbelt have collapsed while several others have been flooded due to heavy rains experienced in the region.
The Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit-DMMU- has since relocated some of the residents and provided relief food and tents to the flood victims.
The affected residents are now calling on government to find a lasting solution to the flood affected households by awarding them alternative land and building materials.
And DMMU Copperbelt Regional Coordinator George Akalemwa says Ndola and Chingola districts are the most affected by the flash floods experienced across the province.
Meanwhile, Copperbelt Permanent Secretary Augustine Kasongo has directed Ndola City Council to demolish all structures built along the river banks following the collapsing of 50 houses and 10 submerging in water.