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Zambia: Floods - Dec 2020

Disaster types
Flash Flood
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From 22 to 26 December 2020, heavy rainfall leading to severe flooding affected parts of Zambia. The heavy rainfall on the 26 December 2020 resulted in the bursting of Kandesha Dam that led to flooding in Munengo, Kambobe, Katala, and Chiloweni communities of Mapona ward in Mumbwa district of Central province. The flood affected 500 households that need humanitarian assistance, amongst which 261 houses damaged and 169 households displaced. The affected households are mainly found along the Chibila stream that feeds into the Kafue River. (IFRC, 5 Jan 2021)

Most parts of Zambia, including Mumbwa district, have continued to experience normal to above normal rainfall. Indeed, due to additional flooding that took place on Wednesday 10 February 2021 in Mumbwa District, 18 additional villages were affected with four villages totally submerged and 26 houses collapsed. This has further affected 1,272 people (212 HH). The four villages totally submerged include Miyanda, Namucheche, Musosya and Kamutengo. The remaining villages, including Kakombo, Chiboboka, Chisenke, Shachizube, Shinjanji, Muchabi, Shamboze, Nkoka, Shakumbila, Mweemba, Chumbuluka, Namoomba, Shichibwa and Kansengwe were partially affected. Two people were injured and hospitalized. Also 136 hectares of planted land of 327 total hectares of land affected in three camps namely Nangoma, Myooye and Muchabi Agric camp have been washed away and 511 farmers have had their fields washed away in the named agriculture camp. An additional 50 households are displaced and have been evacuated to Muchabi primary school where 42 tents have been provided and erected by DMMU and ZRCS will support the remaining households without shelter at the camp. (IFRC, 5 Mar 2021)