Officials, NGOs, celebs and ordinary folk muck in to mop up KZN

24 April 2019 - 15:37 By Cebelihle Bhengu
President Cyril Ramaphosa talks to a member of the Da Silva family whose home collapsed in Amanzimtoti following torrential rains in the province on Monday.
President Cyril Ramaphosa talks to a member of the Da Silva family whose home collapsed in Amanzimtoti following torrential rains in the province on Monday.
Image: THULI DLAMINI

As the death toll from the KZN floods is expected to rise, emergency services are continuing to make their way through the debris and collapsed homes in the hopes of rescuing people.

Here is what has happened so far.

Deaths

Fifty-one people from KZN have been declared dead as a result of the floods caused by the torrential rain in the province. Emergency services comprising the police, IPSS medical care and metro search and rescue have been working in Malvern, Umlazi and Amanzimtoti, conducting searches and helping affected communities salvage their belongings.

Damage to property

Some houses in the Malvern informal settlement have been washed away, leaving many homeless and displaced. Videos and pictures of destroyed properties from Amanzimtoti, Chatsworth and Umlazi, in the south of Durban, have been making rounds on social media.

Donations

People used the power of Twitter to donate aid to affected communities to rebuild their homes. Celebrities and various organisations, including social media campaign Country Duty, have intervened to help KZN residents hit by the floods.

Government intervention

President Cyril Ramaphosa made his way to KZN where he has been speaking to the victims of the flash floods in areas including Amanzimtoti and Umlazi. Ramaphosa said theTreasury would release funds to provide relief for those affected. 


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