SIMON MUNTEMBA writes

@SunZambian

Housing and Infrastructure PS, Charles Mushota, has described the flash floods in Mambwe as a disaster.

And Mr Mushota said government will put up Bailey bridges on all the affected crossing points.

This is contained in a statement issued to the Sun by the Ministry public relations officer Jeff Banda.

Speaking when he checked on washed away bridges in Mambwe yesterday, Mr Mushota said some areas had been cut off making life for the people unbearable.

He said people could not access medical services in some areas, while pupils would have problems accessing Schools.

And Eastern  province Minister, Makebi Zulu, expressed happiness that government through the Ministry of infrastructure had come in quickly to put up Bailey bridges on affected crossing.

Mr Zulu, who is also area Member of Parliament said the impact of the floods was   huge and other stakeholders should come to the aid of the people of Mambwe.

According to Mr Banda, the Housing and Infrastructure PS is in Eastern Province to check on Infrastructure damaged by flooding and heavy rains.

Mr Mushota said government would rehabilitate a 90 kilometers stretch on the Chipata- Lundazi road in Eastern Province.

He explained that the stretch to be rehabilitated which would involve resurfacing of the road was from Great East road turn off to Mpingozi area.

The PS further said the contract had already been advertised and bidders have responded, adding that the processing of awarding the successful bidder was underway.

He was speaking when he checked on periodic maintenance works being carried out on the Chipata-Lundazi road.

Mr.Mushota said government released K600,000 out of K5.1 million to patch up potholes that had developed on the road.

However, the PS said the patching up of potholes was an immediate intervention, as they wait for tender process to be finalized, so that a contractor was engaged to start the works by April this year.

And RDA Regional Manager, Thomas Zimba, said the project was expected to take 18 months to complete, once it kicked off.

Mr Zimba said under the same project, two bridges, Msuzi and Lundazi would be worked on.

Msuzi bridge, which was about five kilometers before Lundazi boma, was washed away last year and government has put up a Bailey bridge as short time measure.

Meanwhile, some villagers in Chipangali constituency of Chipangali district are not able to access health services from Mnukwa clinic following floods that have damaged Msandile bridge which connects Mnukwa area and Chinunda.

Damnyoni village headman Abodoni Mulilo, said more than 10 villages have been affected.

He told Housing and Infrastructure Development PS, Charles Mushota, when he visited the damaged Msandile bridge that pupils would also find it difficult to cross when it was raining as schools open next week.

And Mr Mushota said government will ensure that the damaged bridges are repaired as soon as possible.

He noted that people are finding it hard deliver inputs to various destinations.

And the PS observed that human activities such as farming and charcoal production have also contributed to flooding of  bridges.

Meanwhile, Government has allocated K10 million kwacha for repairing of damaged infrastructure and other emergencies in flood prone areas.

Housing and Infrastructure Development, PS Charles Mushota said this when he paid courtesy call on Chief Jumbe of the Kunda people in Mambwe district.

Mr Mushota says government was worried with the damage caused to infrastructure such as bridges as a result of floods, hence the release of the funds.

He said this had affected delivery of farming inputs and would also disadvantage school going children as schools open.

And Chief Jumbe thanked government for the quick response to the disasters in the area.

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