MORE than 10 families of Club Street flats in Nkana West residential area of Kitwe yesterday spent the night in the cold after a hailstorm blew off the roofing sheets, of then houses leaving trail of damage to property.

This happened between 15.00hours and 16.00hours after a heavy down pour which lasted for more than 30 minutes.

A visit to the block of flats by the Daily Nation found the victims of the hailstorm trying to salvage the remains of the property in their respective block of flats, while others were looking haplessly as they could not understand what had hit them.

One of the victims Mpaso Mwanza Mumbi said the hailstorm had extensively damaged the ceiling board and other property, including the Windscreen of the Toyota Platz vehicle.

She also said she suspected that the Television set and other electric appliances had been damaged by the hailstorm, adding that the lighting system was equally affected.

“So as you can see, the roofing sheets have been damaged by the hailstorm and we are now going to spend the night in the cold. Spending in the cold will expose us to mosquitoes. This hailstorm has really wreaked havoc on us,” Ms Mumbi said.

Another victim, Kamangu Bwalya said she was devastated by the damage caused by the hailstorm and did not know how her family would spend the night in the cold.

“I am very devastated by the damage caused by the hailstorm because we don’t have anywhere to spend the night. I have just come to find this damage here,” she said. Another victim Loston Bwalya said he was disappointed that the office of the District Commissioner could not help the victims with tents.

“I know such things happen, but am disappointed that the DC’s office could not help us with tents. We were just asking for tents to use for today. Just tents, not money,” Mr Bwalya said

But, Kitwe District Commissioner (DC) Chanda Kabwe said it was unfortunate that the hailstorm had left a trail of destruction leaving 10 families in the cold.

Mr Kabwe, who is out in Chipata, said the district would put in a request to the office of the Copperbelt permanent Secretary to ask for tents.

“Tomorrow, i will dispatch officers to go and see if we can help with tents or fixing the damaged roofing sheets. So it is unfortunate and such natural occurrences are not caused by individuals and people should not think they have been neglected,” Mr Kabwe said.

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