Rains kill eight people in Lusaka

At least eight people have been killed in Lusaka, the Zambian capital following continuous rains that have caused serious flooding in the city.

Lusaka District Commissioner Christa Kalulu confirmed the development when she addressed journalists on the flood situation in the capital on Monday.

She also said cholera had broken out in the city as a result of the heavy rains and 14 people were being treated for the deadly outbreak.

She said the eight who had been killed drowned as a result of the floods.

Several of the squatter settlements in the city have been submerged with several homes destroyed as a result of more than a week of torrential rains.

The capital city is notorious for its poor drainage system which has resulted in water from heavy rains stagnating.

The government has blamed the opposition Patriotic Front (PF), which controls the city’s municipal government, for the floods, charging that the party had failed to manage the city’s drainage.

Apart from the Lusaka city council, the PF also controls all parliamentary seats.

But the PF has angrily dismissed the allegations and instead said a government failure to release funds to the city council on time despite budgeting for the same, had made it impossible for the council to clear the city’s drainages.

Ms Kalulu however appealed to both the ruling party and the PF not to politicise the issue of the floods but instead work together to find a lasting solution.

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