Dis­as­ter man­age­ment teams as­sess dam­age af­ter gale-force winds

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THE City has as­sessed the dam­age caused by last week’s gale-force winds and de­ployed its dis­as­ter man­age­ment teams to var­i­ous wards for phys­i­cal assess­ments and to pro­vide nec­es­sary tem­po­rary dis­as­ter re­lief mea­sures.

A re­port tabled be­fore the ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee (Exco) meet­ing this week stated that be­cause of the num­ber of in­ci­dents re­ported and lim­ited re­sources, pri­or­ity would be given to house­holds with ma­jor im­pact, in­clud­ing roofs be­ing blown off and houses col­laps­ing, par­tially or fully.

The as­sess­ment process was still un­der way and res­i­dents were en­cour­aged to con­tinue to re­port to ward coun­cil­lors.

“There was a to­tal of 1 920 houses re­ported with struc­tural dam­age. Assess­ments on some are still to be con­ducted.”

Two fam­i­lies shar­ing a com­pound in um­lazi V-sec­tion, ward 76, were af­fected when their struc­ture col­lapsed.

A to­tal of 20 peo­ple, in­clud­ing six who were dis­abled, were left trau­ma­tised. The fam­i­lies were left with no shel­ter and were in des­per­ate need of tem­po­rary ac­com­mo­da­tion.

The re­port also listed in­juries and fa­tal­i­ties, some of which were still to be con­firmed.

The de­tailed re­port pro­vided an up-to-date dis­as­ter man­age­ment as­sess­ment find­ings with 100 house­holds as­sessed where 321 peo­ple were af­fected.

One incident re­lated to a 71-year-old um­bum­bulu res­i­dent who was hit by a tree branch while col­lect­ing fire­wood on Septem­ber 16 and re­port­edly died on the same day. Other ma­jor in­ci­dents were re­ported in um­lazi, New­lands East, Ntuzuma and Dur­ban Cen­tral, among oth­ers.

Kwazulu-na­tal’s dis­as­ter man­age­ment teams are on high alert af­ter ex­treme weather con­di­tions hit the prov­ince.

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