Heavy floods in the southern parts of Zambia have left at least six people dead, and more than 20,000 have had to evacuate their homes.
Heavy floods in the southern parts of Zambia have left at least six people dead, and more than 20,000 have had to evacuate their homes. Hardest hit have been the densely-populated townships on the outskirts of the Zambian capital, Lusaka.
SYNOPSIS: Many roads have been either washed away or completely flooded, bringing most transport links to a halt and making evacuation from the worst affected areas very dangerous. Emergency community centres have had to be set up to accommodate the homeless.
To some of the Zambian children the floods have meant a whole series of new games, but the rains have also brought tragedy with at least six people having lost their lives in houses which collapsed. The Kanyama township outside Lusaka normally house close to 100,000 people, but with the latest heavy rains, entire sections of Kanyama have had to he evacuated, and some 20,000 residents have been forced to leave their homes, temporarily at least.
The floods have also damaged dozens of public buildings and installations, and Reuter reports there are fears that disease could spread quickly if not checked. Food supplies have also been affected, and special arrangements have had to be made to get essential stocks to the temporary community centres set up at various points around Lusaka.
Now that the rains have stopped, the flood victims are doing all they can to get their possessions dried out, and their homes back to normal where possible. The civic authorities in Lusaka have begun a big cleanup operation to repair roads and houses in and around the flood-damaged city.