Government has paid over 245,000 Kwacha towards accommodation rentals for over 91 families, affected by floods in Lusaka’s Chawama and Kanyama compounds.

This has been through the Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit -DMMU-, following a directive by Vice President, Inonge Wina.

DMMU National Coordinator, Chanda Kabwe says the 91 families have been moved from flooded areas to better houses in Chawama, Kuku, John Laing and Lilanda townships.

Kabwe has explained that the relocation process started with about 20 families, which were taken to a transitory camp in Kuku compound, followed by the current 91 families.

He has added that more families are expected to be relocated as the officers, under DMMU, Ministry of Health and the Local government, are still conducting assessment inspections.

Kabwe has reiterated that the relocation of the 91 families is part of the temporal measure that government has put in place to safeguard lives of affected people, while implementing the long-term solutions.

And, Kabwe says the rapid assessment shows that over 2,000 families are affected by floods and require not only accommodation but also food relief support.

He says the DMMU is currently providing food relief support and non-food items to flood victims in all the affected townships.