Interestingly though, Zambia is one of the most highly urbanized countries in sub-Saharan Africa with about 50% of the population concentrated in a few urban areas along the major transport corridors.Sadly, about 10 years ago the average life expectancy was at the age of 33!A major portion of MCC’s investment is focused on the rehabilitation of Lusaka’s core water supply network, including components designed specifically to reduce water leakage and theft made possible with illegal hookups.
As of 2012 about 68% of Zambians live below the recognized national poverty line.
Property and work hours are lost, children can’t make it to school, traffic comes to a halt in flooded streets, and standing water presents the risk of disease.
Worst of all are the deaths that sometimes occur from flash flooding and uncovered drainage ditches, but even more so from cholera, typhoid, and other diarrheal illness due to contamination of drinking water.
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