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FLOODING at Chingwere cemetery in Lusaka will soon be a thing of the past because construction of drainages at the graveyard is almost done, Lusaka City Council (LCC) public relations manager George Sichimba has said.

Mr Sichimba who noted that about 80 percent of the works had been done at the cemetery, stated that the local authority was excited with progress made by Trio Construction Limited.

In an interview, Mr Sichimba said the company was moving to beat the schedule and that the local authority expected quality works.

Mr Sichimba said once the drainages were done it would end the problem of flooding in nearby residential areas and the cemetery.

He said flooding in Chingwere cemetery had for a long time been a big challenge as bodies were ‘exhumed’ from graves due to the floods.

“As a local authority we are very excited at the pace the contractor is moving, as you may be aware Chingwere cemetery easily gets flooded each time it rains and residents living nearby suffer due to the water which carries with it foreign particles from the cemetery,” he said.

He said once the drainages were done, the problem would come to an end and urged mourners to avoid dumping opaque beer packs and empty beer bottles in the newly constructed drainages.

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