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Luanda rain victims still waiting for rehousing

The more than 8,000 people who were left homeless as a result of April's torrential rains in Luanda are still waiting for solutions from the provincial government, which is "preparing the process," the governor said Tuesday.


"Apart from some individual initiatives that have been undertaken, at the level of the Provincial Government of Luanda (GPL), we are still preparing the process, we are not finished yet," Joana Lina said, adding that the work will have to be done in a "systematic, organized" way.

On April 19, torrential rains caused chaos in Luanda and left 14 dead and more than 8,000 people homeless and 1617 houses flooded.

The governor was speaking in Luanda on the sidelines of a ceremony in which territorial management structures, until now managed by central bodies, were transferred to the LPG.

Questioned about the problems with the city's traffic lights, many of which are not working, causing traffic constraints, Joana Lima replied that the province's operation sometimes "clashes" with other bodies and that the boundaries regarding management responsibilities are not always delimited.

"This causes some confusion, we are concerned with this and with public lighting," replied the governor, without providing further details.

About the collection of waste, another critical problem of the capital that for months has worried the citizens of Luanda, she admitted that "it is not being easy" for the operators selected by tender, and who started cleaning up in April, due to the existence of large areas of garbage still scattered around the city.

As part of the decentralization and debureaucratization of the State, several urban territorial management structures, including assets and infrastructure of various central bodies were transferred to the LPG.

Among the offices that are now under the control of LPG for further transfer to the municipalities are the office of hydraulic exploitation of Kikuxi, the technical office of urban conversion of Cazenga, the office of rehabilitation of the cities of Kilamba, Cacuaco and Camama, as well as some land reserves of the Special Economic Zone and mining reserves.

The transfer of powers aims, according to a note from the GPL, to avoid the overlapping of tasks and the need to ensure better performance and better service delivery to citizens.


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