Kabbe South households relocated due to floods

10 May 2016 16:30pm
KATIMA MULILO, 10 MAY (NAMPA) – Thirty households affected by flooding have relocated in the Kabbe South Constituency in the Zambezi Region since beginning of the flood season in February.
The affected households moved independently from low-lying areas to higher ground at Kasika village over the past three months.
In an interview with Nampa on Monday, Kabbe south constituency councillor, John Likando said the families’ homes were either submerged or surrounded by floodwater.
“The relocation was internal, meaning the families that moved, did so on their own. The affected traditional houses were located in the Kasika area only.”
He added that this year, flooding was not so severe that thousands of people needed to be relocated to camps until the water subsided as has happened before.
Last Thursday, Likando and other members of the Zambezi Region disaster risk management committee visited the flooded areas, where they are continuing to monitor the water levels and those affected in need of assistance.
“In April, people affected by floods were given maize meal and tinned food. Other necessities will be dispatched to the areas soon. We are monitoring the water levels, which we have seen are no longer rising. We are hoping the water will subside soon.”
Kabbe north constituency councillor, Peter Mwala told this news agency there was no need to relocate people in his area of jurisdiction - from Namiyundu to Imukusi – as flooding there was not severe.
He added that a committee is assessing the damage to crops, which has resulted in food insecurity for hundreds living in the Kabbe north and south constituencies.
“The committee will compile a report for the Office of the President,” Mwala said.
He noted that President Hage Geingob is expected to pronounce himself on the flood situation after receiving the report.