KZN storm de­clared a pro­vin­cial dis­as­ter

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DURBAN — The KwaZulu-Natal pro­vin­cial cabi­net has of­fi­cially de­clared Tues­day’s storm a pro­vin­cial dis­as­ter, fol­low­ing the dev­as­tat­ing im­pact the heavy rains had on sev­eral dis­tricts across the prov­ince.

“We met this morn­ing as pro­vin­cial cabi­net and of­fi­cially de­clared it a pro­vin­cial dis­as­ter. We will be go­ing to na­tional to see how we have fund­ing from govern­ment for this,” Premier Wil­lies Mchunu said yes­ter­day.

To get the fund­ing, the ex­ec­u­tive coun­cil would sub­mit an ap­pli­ca­tion to the na­tional govern­ment for clas­si­fi­ca­tion and dec­la­ra­tion of the dis­as­ter as a pro­vin­cial dis­as­ter in terms of the Sec­tion 41 of the Dis­as­ter Man­age­ment Act, “since it af­fects more than one district”.

Mchunu briefed jour­nal­ists on Thurs­day af­ter­noon af­ter vis­it­ing be­reaved fam­i­lies of those who had died in the storm.

Ac­cord­ing to Mchunu, the South Africa Po­lice Ser­vice had put the of­fi­cial death toll at eight, with five oth­ers still miss­ing.

“There are five peo­ple who are still un­counted for in­clud­ing an in­fant. The trauma that has been ex­pe­ri­enced by the fam­i­lies will take many years to heal.”

The fig­ure could rise as there were other fig­ures be­ing quoted and more peo­ple were still com­ing for­ward search­ing for their loved ones, he said. — AFP

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