Makhura moves swiftly to help storm vic­tims

Dis­as­ter man­age­ment teams as­sist with shel­ter

Sowetan - - News - By Mpho Sibany­oni

Some parts of Gaut­eng could be de­clared dis­as­ter ar­eas fol­low­ing se­vere storms that lashed the eastern and western parts of the prov­ince and the City of Jo­han­nes­burg ear­lier this week.

Pre­mier David Makhura said the de­ci­sion was taken at an or­di­nary meet­ing of the ex­ec­u­tive coun­cil fol­low­ing a brief­ing on the ex­tent of the dam­age by the de­part­ment of co-op­er­a­tive gov­er­nance and tra­di­tional af­fairs.

“Ap­prox­i­mately 840 houses have been dam­aged by the storm and an es­ti­mated 1 600 peo­ple have been af­fected, with five fa­tal­i­ties re­ported so far. Two fa­tal­i­ties oc­curred as a di­rect re­sult of the storm while three fa­tal­i­ties oc­curred as a re­sult of mo­tor ve­hi­cle in­ci­dents. As­sess­ment of the dam­age is still on­go­ing,” he said.

“We are tak­ing the nec­es­sary steps to de­clare some of the af­fected ar­eas dis­as­ter ar­eas so that we can tap into all avail­able re­sources to as­sist those who have been dis­placed by the storm re­build their lives.”

He said Laer­skool Protearif and Laer­skool Mul­der­s­drift, both on the West Rand, were dam­aged.

The pro­vin­cial de­part­ment of ed­u­ca­tion is work­ing with school gov­ern­ing bod­ies, com­mu­nity mem­bers and other key ed­u­ca­tion stake­hold­ers in ne­go­ti­at­ing for tem­po­rary ac­com­mo­da­tion at neigh­bour­ing schools and churches.

He said dis­as­ter man­age­ment teams have been as­sist­ing with pro­vid­ing tem­po­rary re­lief for those af­fected.

“Our sym­pa­thies go out to all the vic­tims of the storms and I wish to ex­press our heart­felt con­do­lences as the pro­vin­cial govern­ment to the griev­ing fam­i­lies. We wish all those in­jured a speedy re­cov­ery,” said Makhura.

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