MORE than 40 families have been displaced after their houses built on the banks of a stream in Nkandabwe township in Kitwe were yesterday submerged following the continuous rains which started on Sunday around 23.00 hours and continued up to yesterday morning.
And more than 400 residents of Luangwa township, mostly farmers, have been cut off from the rest of Kitwe after the Kabwe bridge on Luangwa stream was on Sunday morning washed away by rains which Kitwe has been experiencing in the last one week.
Kitwe district commissioner Chanda Kabwe visited the two areas to check on the submerged houses and the washed away bridge before buying mealie meal for the victims.
One of the victims said the rains which started on Monday night submerged their houses in the early hours of yesterday after the stream started overflowing.
Maria Mofya said the over-flowing stream led to a number of houses on the banks of the stream being submerged and those who were alert managed to retrieve foodstuffs from their houses.
“We could not understand what had hit us when we just woke up to see that our houses were submerged. For others we had to knock hard on their doors to wake them up otherwise they could have drowned in their houses.
“Our houses have been submerged by rain because most of them were constructed on the banks of the stream and when the stream burst its banks, it submerged the houses,” Ms Mofya said.
Mr Kabwe, who rushed to the scene, held a meeting with the affected families and agreed that they needed food such as mealie-meal because most of their food was destroyed by the water.
“Today, we have decided to buy mealie meal for the affected families, tomorrow we will come to look at issues of shelter and others,” Mr Kabwe said.