Early this year, Zambia experienced continuous heavy rains which resulted to floods, causing significant damages and losses.
On Wednesday, 21st February 2018 districts of Petauke and Chama were reported to be flooded. These floods washed away a bridge connecting Lundazi and Chama districts causing heavy traffic delay and the floods also caused destruction of houses , leading to displacement of community members.
There are presently 2,140 Households affected in Petaule and Chama districts with 377 community members evacuated and over 198 children requiring psycho social support.
At least 500 affected households require Treated Mosquito Nets and lighting; blankets and clothing. According to reports from Zambia Disaster Management Mitigation Unit (DMMU), the government of the Republic of Zambia has provided tents,treated mosquito nets and clothing to 1,601 affected Households to affect families in only Chama.
Affected households are either staying at a community School or Church.
ACT Zambia forum shall respond to floods in Chama and Petauke by re-constructing a school building and supporting 2,140 HH with food rations and emergency non - food items.
The ACT Zambia forum national member working on this response in Chama and Petauke is United Church of Zambia (UCZ).Response will continue for three months since floods shall continue to affect communities in Chama district(which is located in a valley).
The Government of the Republic of Zambia (GRZ), through the office of the Vice President under the DMMU, is calling on other stakeholders like the church and other development agencies to compliment government’s efforts in humanitarian assistance by providing the following to 2, 140 flood affected households with an average of 6 persons per household will be provided:
- Psychosocial support/protection - WASH - Food items - Non-Food items
Provision of Shelter/NFI and Food security - 884 Households in Chama district - 1,256 Households in Petauke district
WASH - 500 affected households will be provided with ITNs - 300 solar lamps will be provided to each HH
Psychosocial Support (PSS) and Protection - 377 community members were evacuated in Chama district (of this number 198 are children below the age of 16yrs) and require PSS - 300 require blankets - 300 mattresses (150 for Chama and 150 for Petauke)
- 10 Bales of clothes ( 4 for Chama and 6 for Petauke)