SIMON MUNTEMBA writes
OVER 60 families in Samfya district of Luapula Province have been rendered homeless as flood waters submerged their houses and maize fields following days of torrential downpour and hailstorm in the district.
Samfya District Commissioner Mr Nason Bwalya has confirmed that the hailstorm has also left over seven people injured with two in critical condition at Mansa General Hospital.
“Yes, over 60 houses collapsed following a hailstorm and heavy rains. The hailstorm left several families without food and shelter in Chief Kasoma Bangweulu’s chiefdom,” Mr Bwaya said.
He said the hailstorm also left over seven people injured with two in critical condition at Mansa General Hospital.
Mr Bwalya has however assured the affected residents of government’s continued support as the Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit (DMMU) was already on ground to assess the situation.
He said the DMMU has already distributed over 400 bags of 12.5kg mealie meal to the affected residents of Mpata and Chimembe areas of the district.
He also appealed to the government and DMMU to help the affected families with shelter and food as they could not only lost their houses but their crops as well to the hailstorm.
The district commissioner said it was clear that the destruction left in the wake of the hailstorm needed more attention from DMMU as victims lost both their shelters and maize fields.

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