KZN floods death toll rises to 341 with 40723 people affected.
By Lehlohonolo Lehana.
As the death toll from KwaZulu-Natal floods rises to 341, Premier Sihle Zikalala says more than 40,000 people in the province have been affected.
Zikalala, on Thursday, provided an update on KZN government’s response to the flood disasters due to the heavy rains.
The premier also indicated 55 people were injured while more than 248 schools have been damaged by the floods. Zikalala said government has been hard at work to mitigate the impact on the ground.
He said government has been hard at work to mitigate the impact on the ground, with eThekwini, iLembe, Ugo, uThukela, uMzinyathi and uMgungundlovu being the most affected districts.
"We can confirm that the magnitude of the damage, which is still being quantified, will definitely run into billions of rands," he said.
Zikalala said the floods has disrupted service delivery, including water supply and electricity, in many parts of KZN.
He said Umgeni Water and the provincial Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) will provide water tankers to residents.
"We are doing everything in our power to return everything to normal [but] some of this will take a bit of time caused by a force of nature that we could not control," Zikalala continued.
The premier further said the roads have been damaged. However, more areas are becoming as teams continue to work on restoring those roads.
"Bayhead Road, which is completely closed as it has collapse, is a strategic route for movement of cargo [and] its closure will have a severe impact on economic activities of the province and the country.
"Trucks are unable to access container terminals. M7 is also experiencing some failures so there is currently mop-up work to clear that particular area,” he added.
The national Department of Cogta has since declared KZN as a provincial disaster area after the magnitude and severity of the impact of the severe weather events in various municipal areas of the province that resulted in the loss of life and damage to property, infrastructure and the environment caused by heavy rain, flooding, and landslides, was assessed.
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