A hailstorm hit Lusaka Friday, leaving five people dead and a trail of destruction. Four people died when a partially construction wall fence fell on them near a busy flea market while another person died in a separate incident.
While acknowledging that nothing could be done to prevent disasters, the vice-president said negative effects of disasters could be prevented through construction of strong structures.
The death of five people due to the hailstorm is a disaster that could have been avoided, she added.
“We cannot continue losing so many lives, including those of children, due to disasters that can be prevented.
These deaths are even more painful because some can be prevented by taking measures,” she is quoted as saying by the paper when she visited some funeral homes of the victims.
The government, she said, will be monitoring construction of structures to ensure that they meet required standards in order to prevent disasters.
On Saturday, Zambian President Edgar Lungu also visited areas ravaged by the hailstorm and consoled the victims. Enditem