Declaring KZN a state of disaster area

Declaring KZN a state of disaster area

The province has been battered by torrential rain and flooding in several areas across the province which has so far claimed at least 59 lives.

Businesses have also halted operations and several key road networks have been closed due to extensive flooding in the province.

Dodovu said declaring KZN a state of disaster area will ensure that the necessary funds are unlocked to assist flood-ravaged communities in KZN.

He also noted the loss of life, the destruction of property and livelihoods, and the general impact the storms have had on access to essential services such as water and sanitation.

“We hope the local, provincial and national government will move with speed, in the spirit of cooperative governance as encapsulated in the Constitution, to initiate the process to unlock necessary funding to assist the people of KZN. We are also calling for the speedy repair of critical infrastructure to ensure that the people receive water and sanitation in the affected areas.”

Dodovu also said there is a need to urgently put in place mitigation strategies to avert the annual recurrence of such disasters.

“For example, there is a need for improved town planning and building processes to ensure that communities reside in areas that are relatively safe from mudslides.”

The Chairperson also emphasised the need for businesses to contribute to the humanitarian efforts to assist the communities they operate in.

This gives life to South Africa’s spirit of Ubuntu,” he said

Meanwhile, as KZN deals with the devastation of the deadly floods that hit the province, Eskom has confirmed that it will spare residents in eThekwini from load shedding.

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