Oct 3, 2022

Mawazo Writing Africa

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Flood-ravaged KZN to start picking up the pieces

Clean-up efforts in KwaZulu-Natal are expected to begin on Monday after heavy rains battered the province over the weekend.

Many residents still reeling from April’s deadly floods are at home lost and do not have access to water or electricity.

eThekwini Municipality said teams had to evacuate some residents on Saturday night as the rain continued to batter the city.

“Rain gauge and river level analysis were continuously performed to identify vulnerable and high-risk areas. Most rainfall was recorded over the northern and central areas of eThekwini, with Bluff and uMdloti receiving high scores,” said community spokesman Msawakhe Mayisela.

A family was transferred to the Kwa -Nozaza evacuated A house collapsed and about 190 people were moved from Tehuis to SJ Smith Hall.

Elderly residents of two retirement homes in Tongaat and Westbrook were evacuated after their homes were damaged.

“Many have since returned to their homes,” Mayisela said.

There were 82 care centers across the city that housed displaced people.

” Relief operations are underway to ensure that all community halls containing displaced people receive adequate relief, social support services and medical assistance. Our health teams continue to provide health services to care centers, including the newly established center at SJ Smith.

“Food, non-perishable items, clothing, blankets and mattresses are available to help those in need,” Mayisela said.< /p>

He said roads were damaged and some affected by mudslides.

“Teams were dispatched to clear debris, trees and mudslides. The amount of rain was heavy and the drainage systems were badly affected. Some streets have been reopened to traffic.”

There have been several power outages across the city caused by the heavy rains, but many have been fixed.

“The power infrastructure is since then the April floods have been vulnerable and any amount of rain can cause further damage. Electricity teams are prioritizing fault repairs across the city, particularly faults affecting large areas,” Mayisela said.

The water treatment plant in uMdloti was flooded.

“Areas like Mosely Park , Gillits and KwaNdengezi are also affected by water outages. We are currently assessing whether the heavy rains have had any impact on the work we started in Tongaat,” said Mayisela.

eThekwini Mayor Mxolisi Kaunda conducted a tour of uMdloti north of Durban, to assess the extent of damage caused by the rains.

Homes, roads and other infrastructure took the brunt of the heavy rains over the weekend.

“Given the severity of the damage in the area, we had to we give priority to visiting uMdloti. Our water treatment plant has been damaged and this will affect our ability to provide water to the residents of this area. I urge residents to be patient while we work quickly to restore essential services,” said Kaunda.

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