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President Ramaphosa to address the nation over the government’s response to recent floods – SABC News

President Cyril Ramaphosa will address the people this evening at 8 pm about the government’s response to catastrophic floods that have devastated parts of KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape.

The address follows a special cabinet meeting on Sunday where the government assessed the social and economic consequences of floods in the two provinces and worked to provide relief and reconstruction.

President Ramaphosa visited the eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality last Wednesday where he received an update with the responses of local, provincial and national authorities to the provincial disaster.

Since its inception, the President has consulted with the National Disaster Management Center and the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Disaster Management.

The president’s address will be broadcast live on SABC channels including radio, television and online.

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Meanwhile, members of the South African Army, the South African Military Health Service and the Air Force are among the 10,000 SANDF members deployed in KwaZulu-Natal.

In the last week, at least 443 people have been killed in the floods.

Thousands more have been displaced.

The SANDF says in a statement that members are being deployed to support cooperative governance structures in the province.

In a statement, the SANDF said the South African army had been instructed to activate 10,000 troops for Operation Chariot.

Members will support the construction of field accommodation, the supply of fresh water, the deployment of electricians to restore power and plumbers to restore water supply in affected areas.

Air capabilities will also be deployed to assist search and rescue and in the transportation of humanitarian relief.

Support from the Military Health Services includes ambulances and medical personnel.

The South African Special Risks Insurance Association (Sasria) has lamented the exclusion of certain members of society from having access to insurance. This is because the province of KwaZulu Natal continues with the mop-up activities after floods that hit the provinceand the death toll is currently at 443, some still missing, and scores shifted.

With the extensive damage to infrastructure in the area Sasria stakeholder relations manager Muzi Dladla, has called the exclusion of certain demographics sad.

“It’s very unfortunate for those people, because there would be no kind of coverage that there would be. Of course, the government would be natural as part of their contingent liability. Under fiscal threats, they would have to find ways to “but I think maybe in the future, for the future, there should be a discussion between the private sector and the government. Because I do not think that the government on its own can handle this amount of disasters.”

Preliminary reports indicate that repairs to the affected road network in KwaZulu-Natal will cost more than R5 billion.

President Ramaphosa to address the nation over the government’s response to recent floods – SABC News

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