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Ramaphosa to visit KZN today as floods inflict havoc in Zululand

President Cyril Ramaphosa is set to visit flood-affected areas in KwaZulu-Natal on Wednesday.

In a statement released by the Presidency, it said that Ramaphosa’s visit would “offer support to affected communities and assess the response of government and civil society to this critical situation”. He will visit areas that have been severely impacted by the floods.

Ramaphosa said: “This is a tragic toll of the force of nature and this situation calls for an effective response by government in partnership with communities. “This situation calls on us to come together as a nation and offer assistance to those who desperately need our care and support.”

Ramaphosa will be joined by Minister in the Presidency Mondli Gungubele, Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma and Minister of Police General Bheki Cele.

In a statement released by the KZN Provincial Government, an assessment by the Provincial Cabinet indicates that many people lost their lives, with Ethekwini alone reporting 45 so far.

The iLembe District, in areas such as Ndwedwe, Kwadukuza, more than 14 are reported to have tragically lost their lives. 

The province has experienced “one of the worst weather storms in the history of our country”.

Some families lost more than one family member. 

“The heavy rainfall … has wreaked untold havoc and unleashed massive damage to lives and infrastructure. 

“Undoubtedly, billions of rand worth of damage has been caused to homes, places of work, roads, bridges, electricity and water supply, and other critical government infrastructure. None of our districts have been spared, but the EThekwini Metro has been the epicentre of this disaster with most of the rain and the worst damage.” 

More than 140 schools have been affected by the floods.

“In particular, 40 learners and 12 educators from Tholulwazi High in Molweni were trapped at school because the bridge they use to cross the river collapsed and the road was washed away by floods,” the statement read. 

Helicopters will be procured jointly by the departments of health, transport, Cogta, and community liaison. 

MECs for education, health, and transport visited the school to bring required resources to support the trapped learners and educators while waiting for the helicopters to evacuate them from the school. 

The province condemns the alleged looting of containers.

“We will not allow what is a tragic development in our province to be taken advantage of by criminals.”

–News24

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