Help needed for flood victims

Gift of the Givers and Aid African Angels Network handed over blankets, food parcels and clothing to the many destitute flood victims within King Cetshswayo District. At the handover were Dazzil Reddy, Mohamed Hoosen, Faizal Naby, Zakhele Ndlovu and Salim Sayed representing Gift of the Givers, and Silondile Mkhize (City of uMhlathuze Deputy Mayor), Nhlanhla Sibeko (Municipal Manager) and Rhana Naicker representing Aid African Angels Network PHOTO: Tamlyn Jolly

THE City of uMhlathuze has urged community members in their private capacities, as well as businesses, corporates and NGOs to help displaced flood victims in whatever way they can.

According to the city, all 34 wards were affected by the weekend’s heavy rains and strong winds, which led to the evacuation of more than 500 people, including the very young, elderly and infirm.

To date the city has helped more than 700 people whose homes were at risk of being flooded or swept away.

‘Urban wards experienced flooding of houses, whose owners were forced to leave their personal belongings such as furniture, food, personal belongings and important documents behind. Some also lost medication,’ said city spokesperson Mdu Ncalane.

The city’s rapid response team was quickly assembled to assess the damage and provide emergency assistance.
‘We sincerely appreciate the fact that, up until now, we have received no reports of lives being lost or of severe injuries,’ said city Mayor Mduduzi Mhlongo.

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‘We have tried very hard to assist with shelters and food, but appreciate that it is not sufficient.’

‘We earnestly request any assistance with bedding, perishable food parcels, or infrastructure such as park homes, building materials or relief tents to assist the destitute.’

Mhlongo also urged community members, izinduna and amakhosi to consult with the city before settling in an area.

‘The water table in much of our area is very high, so we have many wetland areas which may look dry during times of drought but, come rainy season and floods, they become dangerous.’

Anyone wanting to assist the flood victims can contact the mayor’s office on 035 9075004.


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