23 April 2019
Government is deeply saddened and sends condolences to the family and friends of the people who were killed and injured in incidents resulting from heavy rains and floods that the country is experiencing.
The recent floods have severely battered parts of KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) and Eastern Cape, leaving behind a trail of destruction, as reported in the media, with many lives lost and others injured, as well as homes and properties destroyed.
The provincial governments are working around the clock to alleviate the impact of these extreme weather conditions on communities and to bring the lives of the people affected back to normality.
Government is encouraged by the concerted efforts by the affected communities that came together during a crisis to help those in need. “South Africans are resilient and strong. During a crisis, we support each other and work together to bring back normality to communities. These tragic incidents have also been marked by acts of courage and kindness that make us proud to be called South Africans,” said GCIS Acting Director-General Phumla Williams.
The rescue work by emergency services continues, and displaced communities in KZN will be temporarily accommodated in community halls where they will receive emergency relief assistance. In the affected town of Port St Johns in the Eastern Cape, developing disaster situations may be directed through the Port St Johns Disaster Satellite Centre on 073 596 8082.
Disaster management teams stand ready to assist the affected communities and government urges the public to remain alert as heavy rains are expected to continue.
Community members are advised to avoid crossing low lying bridges, streams and rivers; and motorists are encouraged to exercise caution and avoid driving on flooded areas.
In the event of an emergency, members of the public should call the emergency management services on 10177.
Weather SA has urged the public to regularly follow weather forecasts on television and radio. Updated information can also be found at www.weathersa.co.za
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