27 July 2016
For immediate release
KZN Government to Visit Those Affected by the Recent Flash Floods
As the weather begins to clear, the Provincial Government of KwaZulu-Natal represented by the MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) Nomusa Dube-Ncube, eThekwini Mayor James Nxumalo and Executive Committee members will today, 27 July visit those affected by the recent flash floods that have swept through many parts of the province over the past three days.
The extreme weather has so far claimed five lives and many other people have been left homeless and destitute in the wake of the worst floods to hit KZN this year. The flood damage is running into millions of rands.
A significant number of communities lost their homes and belongings and infrastructure was seriously damaged. Government across all spheres is providing a coordinated response to the situation.
KZN Cogta teams are also working with other province's municipalities to ensure that all affected communities receive emergency relief assistance and that every reported incident is attended to promptly.
"Our resources have been stretched to capacity but we are coping thanks to our well-trained and well-equipped disaster management teams.
All of them are doing sterling work on the ground, responding to every call for help," said Dube-Ncube.
We continue to urge residents to heed all available advice from the authorities regarding the extreme weather conditions in the province. The department is monitoring the situation closely and will provide regular updates to the public.
The disaster management team and municipal staff have been deployed across the city to assess damage and provide relief to residents now displaced from their homes.
Areas to be visited are:
Chartsworth, Ward 73, Silverglen (family of deceased)
Umlazi (N section – family of deceased)
Communities in Hall where displaced communities are temporarily sheltered (Amaoti and Verulam)
For more information contact: KZN Cogta spokesperson Lennox Mabaso, 082 884 2403, Mandla Nsele 0833082639 or Msawakhe Mayisela 0609664220
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