Keembe UPND member of parliament Princess Kasune has asked the Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit to urgently assist more than 20 families displaced by heavy rains in her constituency.
In a statement today, Kasune stated that more families were likely to be displaced as the area was still flooded.
“Following heavy downpours and eventual submerging of over 20 houses in my constituency and delayed response from the DMMU, I have written to the office of the Vice President, which is housing the Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit to with immediate effect deploy a team of officers and help the families that are currently spending nights in the cold,” Kasune stated.
“I also wish to inform the nation that the total number of houses that have collapsed is highly likely to rise from 20 with one school having being closed already and many others may be closed due to submerging.”
She stated that the affected families needed shelter.
“It is my earnest appeal to the office of the Vice President and DMMU that preventive measures be put in place but more also facilities such as tents be made readily available to act as shelter for the people. As lives are being threatened it is only vital that key institutions such as Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit are seen to be working and responsive especially when informed of such disasters,” stated Kasune.