Some flood-hit areas in Durban still have no access to water or are struggling with irregular supplies.
Sihle Zikalala, Prime Minister of KwaZulu-Natal, said during a news conference on Tuesday that there was water and Electricity has been restored in many areas, “some places in urban and rural areas still have erratic or no running water”.
Zikalala reached out to the media after an on-site visit to update the repairs’ progress seen on infrastructure south of Durban.
“Water supply continues to improve, although areas such as Nagina, Clarewater, Ntshongweni, Ntshangwe and Zwelibomvu are still without supplies.”
Zikalala said repairs to the south coast pipeline were complete and residents had access to water as far as Umkomaas on the south coast.
“Our teams worked all night completing repairs to the Complete the pipeline that will supply water to Prince Mshiyeni Hospital and the surrounding areas. They have assured us that this pipeline can deliver water through the end of today’s business hours.
“The government is addressing all reported complaints about the delivery of services and we urge community members to be patient and refraining from blocking roads will delay the full restoration of services.”
Zikalala, accompanied by a delegation of government officials, visited the Durban South Water Aqueduct and Rossburgh Testing and Licensing Centre, which is temporarily relocated due to flood damage was.
“The purpose of these visits was to assess progress in restoring critical infrastructure to normal.
“On the N2 in uMkhomazi and Umgababa, the SA National Roads Agency (Sanral) has started the temporary construction of a detour within the N2 area.
“This will improve traffic flow from south to north n, which has been blocked since the floods. Sanral estimates that construction of the detour will be completed next Friday.
“This will soon be followed by the permanent construction of the damaged roads, which Sanral will announce shortly.”
Zikalala said power has been restored in many areas including south, north and west of Durban.
He said construction of temporary housing units for displaced families is underway.
“In our districts and eThekwini, we are clearing temporary housing such as halls and other government buildings while returning communities to their homes or temporary housing units (TRUs).
“As we continue to build TRUs, we are focused looking forward to housing more than 4,396 families in halls, churches and schools.
“Although the Government has reprioritized R1 billion in favor of disaster relief efforts, we need more than R1.9 billion to complete our work .”
Until today h But search and rescue teams took 542 calls, recovered and rescued 62 bodies and 164 people, he said. “To date, 19,113 households have been affected by the disaster, which has affected 128,743 people. Sadly, 435 people lost their lives and 63 were reported missing.”
He said some families were missing and Dozens injured.
“A total of 6,814 people are homeless.”
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