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Dec 14, 2014

19:36:02 GMT--Flash Flood - Africa - Zambia

EDIS Number: FF-20141214-46331-ZMB

Date / time: 14/12/2014 19:34:45 [UTC]

Event: Flash Flood

Area: Africa

Country: Zambia

State/County: Capital City

Location: Lusaka

Number of Deads: N/A

Number of Injured: N/A

Number of Infected: N/A

Number of Missing: N/A

Number of Affected: N/A

Number of Evacuated: N/A

Damage level: Moderate


Incessant torrential rains have continued to hit most parts of Lusaka, leaving the capital city flooded and strewn with garbage. A check by ZANIS crew this morning found the central business district, parts of industrial area, Down -town, Kamwala trading area and Kamwala South residential areas as well as Mass Media area, respectively highly flooded. Traders and residents alike waded through the gushing floods while motorists struggled to drive through the flooded roads as some eventually plunged in ditches and drainages. The downpour that lasted up to mid- day today in most parts of the Capital city affected most traffic lights on a number of main roads. Traffic lights at the major road intersection points for example at the Mulungushi house on independence Avenue, civic centre , Kamwala SDA church and Cairo Road post office. As the rain water began to recede, garbage emerged and was left scattered all over roads, pavements and walk ways. One of the resident s spoken to Bwalya Chapela castigated the Lusaka City Council for failing to unblock drainages and ensure that the city does not get flooded. Recently Lusaka City Council Public Relations Officer Brenda Katongolo blamed Lusaka residents for being responsible for the blocked drainages in the city. Ms Katongolo charged that residents are in the habit of throwing litter carelessly and called for change of attitudes. It has become predictable that with every rain season, Lusaka gets flooded even after the local authority endeavours to plan and prepare for flush floods. Deputy Minister in the Office of the Vice President Davies Mwango recently declared in Chisamba that government is ready to handle any disasters that may arise as a result of floods.

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