MEDIA RELEASE
 
09/05/2016
 
For Immediate Release
 
Relief for Flood Victims
 
Relief for over 300 people affected by the heavy floods in eThekwini area is being provided by the Municipality in partnership with non-governmental organizations and Provincial government.
 
As of 3pm today, Monday 9 April 2016, eThekwini Disaster Management Centre had recorded 325 people that had been displaced in Wards 74 and 79. A total of 129 households were affected while 68 families required assistance interventions ranging from shelter, clothes and meals.
 
So far two children are reported to have lost their lives during structural collapse incidents in Ward 71, Chatsworth, and Ward 88 in Umlazi. South African Police Services reports indicate that four adults were washed away in a Shallcross river, two bodies have been found and two are still missing.
 
EThekwini Mayor, Cllr James Nxumalo, has confirmed that the emergency and disaster teams from the Municipality are concluding assessment work in various parts of the City that were affected.
 
“The Municipality will be able to release a consolidated report in a few days. We will then allow mop up operations to start and our medium to long term measures will be implemented. For now, we have opened the community halls in affected areas as the immediate relief. Hot meals and grocery hampers are being provided at these facilities,” said Cllr Nxumalo.
 
He thanked the private sector partners and NGOs that have committed to assist the affected families. Today, Al Imdaad donated with 100 mattresses and blankets.
 
Other affected areas are Reservoir Hills, Seacow Lake, Amaoti, St Wendolins, Siyanda located in KwaMashu and Lamontville where homes and roads have been damaged.
 
The public is encouraged to report flood damages to local councillors or call our 24 hour Emergency Services call centre on 031 361 0000.
 
ENDS
Issued by eThekwini Municipality’s spokesperson, Thulani Mbatha.
For more information members of the media can contact Thulani Mbatha on 031 311 4820 or email: thulani.mbatha1@durban.gov.za or Princess Nkabane on 031 311 4818 or princess.nkabane@durban.gov.za
 
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