LUSAKA : Eight houses collapse six people die

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Eight houses collapsed while six people died on spot in separate incidents following a hail storm that hit parts of the capital city on Friday afternoon, Lusaka District Commissioner Davies Mulenga has confirmed.

And President Edgar Lungu yesterday visited the funeral houses of the people who died on Friday.

Some of the houses which collapsed were in Chilenje Township, John Laing and Chibolya Compounds.

President Edgar Chagwa Lungu (right) talks to one of the survivors of the Hail Storm in Lusaka's Chilenje on Saturday,January 9,2015. PICTURE BY SALIM HENRY:STATE HOUSE ©2016
President Edgar Chagwa Lungu (right) talks to one of the survivors of the Hail Storm in Lusaka’s Chilenje on Saturday,January 9,2015. PICTURE BY SALIM HENRY:STATE HOUSE ©2016

When President Lungu visited the families of the bereaved, he advised them to remain strong and pray to God as the tragedy which happened was unquestionable.

He further assured the bereaved families that Government would foot the funeral expenses.

President Lungu also said he was not impressed with the building inspectorate of the Lusaka City Council .

President Edgar Chagwa Lungu inspects the damage caused by Hail Storm along Kafue Road in Lusaka on Saturday,January 9,2015. PICTURE BY SALIM HENRY:STATE HOUSE ©2016
President Edgar Chagwa Lungu inspects the damage caused by Hail Storm along Kafue Road in Lusaka on Saturday,January 9,2015. PICTURE BY SALIM HENRY:STATE HOUSE ©2016

Mr. Lungu has wondered what had happened to the practice of issuing certificates to building plans at every stage of construction.

This was after discovering that the brick wall that collapsed and claimed lives during heavy storms do not meet required standards.

And the father of the two children who died on the spot told Journalists that he was very saddened with the death of his children.

Mr Alan Kazemeka said it was unbelievable and shocking that he lost two children at the same time.

He named the deceased as Helen Kazemeka 8, Florence Kazemeka 12 and Dianess Kazemeka 6 who sustained serious injuries.

Mr Kazemeka who is unemployed said he depended on his two children as they were the ones who were running the family’s small business were the family were getting its income from.

He added that the two girls had the daily duty of going to the road side to sell biscuits, sweets and other stuff just to put a meal on the table.

And Mr Mulenga who is also the Chairperson for the Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit (DMMU) in Lusaka said in an interview that a 14 year old boy of Chilenje Township died while two others were injured in similar circumstances in which a parameter walls collapsed on them.

 

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  1. The difference of Ku na Kwa. The loss of human life is tragic. The rain pattern this term is quite severe. In Mongu, loss of life has also occurred, but perhaps the saddest was the lives of 50 cattle that died in a flash after a powerful lightening. We need to learn from tragedy so that we don’t suffer the same fate also. Strong, earthed structures are less likely to be affected. Using cellphones during lightening can also be fatal.

  2. The problem in our country is accommodation, it’s very expensive that people opt to erect simple structures in order to shelter themselves which in turn is resulting in the loss of lives of our beloved brothers and sisters. Please keen interest must be given prominence in land sales and acquisition. Life is unbearable in Zambia today in terms of accommodation and survival in general.

  3. Lives were lost and homes destroyed. This very sad indeed. My prayers are with our Brothers and Sisters in Zambia during this difficult time. May our LORD Jesus comfort you and help you to rebuild your lives.Grace and peace.

  4. its high time zambians started building houses and not those substanderd structures, in near future the weather wil b extreme and u wont b surprised to wakeup one day and find the city has been wiped out by heavy storm, lets take time and build gud planned structures using right materials

  5. the person who created this page he’s not normal how do u excises your journalism on such case and all of u who r commenting shit may dearth b on your family for*****ck

  6. When building a wall fence ensure that you use brick force wire to make it strong and the walls should not be one continuous line but broken at regular intervals to allow for expansion and contraction…

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