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Government officials visit flood-affected families in KZN

‘It’s tragic’: Government officials visit flood-affected families in KZN

Rescuers are searching for other victims across the province after confirming that more than 45 people have died from the torrential rains.

Cooperative Governance Minister Nkosozana Dlamini-Zuma joined KwaZulu-Natal government officials to visit families affected by the deadly floods. Photo: Nhlanhla Mabaso/Eyewitness News.

DURBAN – Cooperative Governance Minister Nkosozana Dlamini-Zuma has joined KwaZulu-Natal government officials to visit families affected by the deadly floods.

Rescuers are searching for other victims across the province after confirming that more than 45 people have died from the torrential rains.

Officials are visiting a family in Ntuzuma, north of Durban, where three children are believed to have drowned in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

An 11-year-old girl and her siblings, aged three and five, were carried away with their bed while they slept.

While two of them have been found, the search for the other continues.

Dlamini-Zuma said the government would help their family.

“It is very tragic and we are very sorry about that. The government will do what it can to help.

Meanwhile, the National Maritime Rescue Institute (NSRI) said it had been inundated with emergency calls across the province in the past 24 hours.

Several roads in the province have been closed and remain flooded.

The institute’s Craig Lambinon said a high-level operation was underway to help those affected.

“NSRI is in full force with emergency services and is assisting in the coordinated emergency services response to multiple flood-related emergencies.”

EVACUATIONS

Communities were also evacuated from areas that experienced mudslides, flooding and structural collapse.

Prime Minister Sihle Zikalala has called a special meeting with all MECs as he draws up a plan to deal with the disaster.

eThekwini Mayor Mxolisi Kaunda said the town was under great pressure.

“This storm is different from other storms we’ve had in the city; this storm is all over the city.”



Government officials visit flood-affected families in KZN

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