The Lusaka City Council (LCC) has made significant strides in its mission to enhance flood prevention measures in the Kamwala South area, intensifying excavation works, concrete lining, and culvert installations in flood-prone regions.
In an official statement issued by Chola Mwamba, the LCC Public Relations Manager, it was revealed that, to expedite these crucial tasks, the LCC has enlisted the expertise of the Zambia National Service (ZNS) and aims to complete the construction project by December 31st, 2023.
Ms. Mwamba disclosed that frequent flooding during the rainy season has been a persistent issue in Kamwala South, prompting the LCC to take proactive steps.
To fund this initiative, she stated that the Local Authority secured a grant of K2.7 million from the Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit (DMMU).
The drainage project encompasses a 1.8-kilometer stretch, with 600 meters dedicated to Paul Ngozi Road, serving as a runoff channel for feeder drains along Sodium, Lithium, and Zipas drains. Ultimately, this runoff will discharge into the Bombay drainage system.
Notably, in the Foxdale area along Mutumbi Road, 200 meters of concrete lining have already been completed out of a total of 900 meters earmarked for completion.
She noted that Mount Olive Company, the contracted firm, is steadfastly working towards concluding this phase of the project by the end of the year.
For this segment of the initiative, K2.4 million in funding has been provided by the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development.
Ms. Mwamba emphasized that the Lusaka City Council remains committed to sourcing additional funds to extend the construction of drainage systems in other flood-prone regions within the city.
She emphasized that this proactive approach is vital to mitigate the risk of flooding and its associated challenges.
In light of these ongoing efforts, Ms. Mwamba further appealed to all residents in Lusaka, urging them to cease indiscriminate waste disposal, as this is a major factor contributing to clogged drains throughout the city.