Seventeen families still stranded six months after their houses collapsed.

Seventeen families, whose houses were damaged following heavy rains in January this year in Walela area, of Chipata district, are still stranded.

Artiness Daka and Alice Muhoni say the affected families are still living in temporary structures made of mud.

They say that it has now been six months since their houses collapsed but nothing has been done.

The duo say that in January they had asked for help from, DMMU, the Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit, but up to now there has been no help.

They say that the structures that got damaged include people’s houses, a resource centre and a classroom block at Walela Primary School.

But when contacted for a comment, Chipata District Commissioner Kalunga Zulu Says his office has not yet received any report on the matter.

Mr Zulu Says the District Disaster Management committee can only come on board to assist if the residents write a report.

He says his committee does not act on word of the mouth.

The district commissioner however, asked the affected people to write to his office than rushing to the media.

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