The provincial disaster management centre has activated a toll-free helpline, 0800 000 953/954, for members of the public who need support. The number is manned 24/7 and bolsters capacity for the district disaster management centre.
“We wish to express our gratitude once more to all South Africans who continue to donate to relief efforts. Every piece of clothing, food and bedding donated towards the relief efforts makes a big difference to the lives of the victims of the disaster, many of whom lost loved ones and everything in moments because of the flooding,” said Hlomuka.
“The provincial government is under no illusion about the task that lies ahead as we set forward to build and repair critical infrastructure such as roads, electricity, water and sanitation.”
The eThekwini metro and districts of King Cetshwayo and iLembe are the most affected areas in the province.
“These municipalities have made great progress to restore the supply of electricity and water to areas where they were disrupted. There are areas that have suffered extensive damage which will take longer to repair.”