KwaZulu-Natal South Africa Floods: death toll rises to 450

The death toll from the flooding in KwaZulu-Natal has increased to 443, with 63 people still missing and more than 13,000 houses affected.

The death toll from the flooding in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) has increased to 443. With 63 people still missing and more than 13,000 houses affected. KZN Premier Sihle Zikalala told the media on Sunday that. The floods were among the worst disasters the region has ever experienced.

“The loss of life, destruction of homes, the damage to the physical infrastructure, the demolition of public buildings, and the consequent damage to services combined to make this natural disaster one of the worst ever in recorded history of our province,” Zikalala said.

“We suspect the human toll and damage surpasses the 1987 floods, which engulfed this part of the world.”

Attempts at rescue On Sunday, search and rescue operations continued as emergency services received 38 calls, with six more dead recovered at the locations.

The South African Police Service sent four pilots and 48 crews to assist with operations, while the South African National Defence Force sent four pilots and 12 crews.

KwaZulu-Natal still in rescue & search

“We have rescue dogs, four jet skis, and a combined crew of 67 experts in search and rescue missions,” Zikalala said.

Sadly, one member of the search and rescue team died in hospital after a search and rescue mission at Henley Dam, according to the premier.

“He had trouble breathing and was evacuated to the Mediclinic Hospital, where he regrettably died. May his spirit find eternal rest.”
There have been 185 rescue operations so far.

The damage has been done. While the province is currently investigating the full extent of the damage. Lest, Zikalala provided an estimate of R5.6 billion for road infrastructure damage.

The premier also provided details on the flood-affected households.
According to him, 13 556 people were impacted, with 8 329 dwellings partially damaged and 3 937 residences completely demolished.

KwaZulu-Natal receives aid 

The Department of Human Settlements has made R1 billion available to help, according to Zikalala.

“The MEC for Human Settlements will lead the effort to find land. For temporary relocation of individuals, assist the supply of temporary accommodation. And work on long-term solutions beginning on Tuesday.

“Moving forward, the case of those who built residences along the river’s edge must be given top priority.

“Several homes near the river’s edge were impacted. Many people are still poised dangerously on the river’s edge. In actuality, no structure should have been permitted to be constructed in such a position.”

Meanwhile, the premier announced that the SA Social Security Agency has allocated R1900 per household for burial assistance.

“This excludes the funding to be provided to cover funeral costs by the province, municipalities and private donors”. Schools affected Zikalala said 551 schools were affected by the floods. And around 98 schools would need mobile classrooms when reopening.

“The MEC for Human Settlements will lead the effort to find land for temporary relocation of individuals. Assist the supply of temporary accommodation, and work on long-term solutions beginning on Tuesday.

“Moving forward, the case of those who built residences along the river’s edge must be given top priority.

“Several homes near the river’s edge were impacted. Many people are still poised dangerously on the river’s edge. In actuality, no structure should have been permitted to be constructed in such a position.”

Meanwhile, the premier announced that the SA Social Security Agency has allocated R1900 per household for burial assistance.

Cleaning and minor repairs would be required at other campuses.

“The intervention of the implementing agent will be used to deal with the more serious cases. The department will reveal plans and contingency measures to ensure that schooling resumes as usual when schools reopen.”

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