A 27-year-old man of Kaozi Resettlement Scheme in Chama district of Muchinga Province has died after suffocating inside a 27-metre deep well he was digging.
Kaozi Resettlement Scheme chairperson, Jones Mkandawire, has confirmed the incident in an interview with ZANIS in Chama on Sunday.
Mr Mkandawire said the incident happened on August 1, 2014 in the farm block when the deceased, who has been identified as David Nkhowani together with his friend, were digging a well.
He said David suffocated and died inside the well before Fire Brigade officers from Lundazi arrived at the scene.
Mr Mkandawire said sources of adequate and clean water supply were the biggest challenge his area was facing hence the digging of wells.
He said this was the reason why Government had in the last few days answered the cries of the people by drilling boreholes in strategic places.
Muchinga Principal Land Resettlement Officer, Joshua Banda, has said Government has spent over K200 million in drilling and equipping boreholes in Kaozi Resettlement Scheme to avert the critical water shortage.
Mr Banda said in Chama that a team from the water affairs in Chinsali was currently in the area equipping the boreholes that were drilled last week.
He said Kaozi Resettlement Scheme was a very productive area that Government wanted to revamp and enable the settlers to produce more crops.