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KZN floods severely disrupted ports, railways, communications, electricity, MPs say

Deputy Minister David Mahlobo and the department today delivered a report to Parliament on the damage caused by the storm which affected several municipalities from Kwa-Zulu Natal to the Eastern Cape.

Residents of KwaZulu-Natal deal with the aftermath of the damage caused by heavy rain and flooding on April 13, 2022. Photo: @kzngov/Twitter

CAPE TOWN – The Department of Water and Sanitation has informed Parliament of extensive storm damage in KwaZulu-Natal which has disrupted telecommunications, electricity and port terminals.

Sewer systems were also damaged, leading to effluent spilling into the ocean.

Deputy Minister David Mahlobo and the department delivered a report to Parliament on Tuesday on the damage caused by the storm which affected several municipalities from KwaZulu-Natal to the Eastern Cape.

The Water and Sanitation Department’s briefing to the Portfolio Committee followed President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement on Monday that a state of national disaster had been declared following the devastating storm.

Mahlobo said more than 400mm of rain fell in two days, well above the 100mm average.

“What has happened is that the floods have led to a severe disruption of the main supply systems, whether it is the transport system, connectivity in terms of communication, rail, ports , water and electricity problems,” Mahlobo explained.

Mahlobo mentioned some quick wins, such as getting clean water to affected communities as quickly as possible.



KZN floods severely disrupted ports, railways, communications, electricity, MPs say

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