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KZN Flooding: Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma briefs media on National State of Disaster

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Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, the South African Minister of Cooperative Governance and Transitional Affairs is currently briefing the media and members of the public on the government’s next plan to assist those who have lost their homes and lives in the current devasting flooding disaster that has hit Kwazulu-Natal and parts of the Eastern Cape for days.

President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa in his latest public address proclaimed a national state of disaster on Monday night. In his statement, the president said the natural catastrophe, which devastated 4000 houses and killed over 400 people in the province, has ramifications beyond KZN.

 

Fuel connections and food supplies have been hampered by the floods.

In KZN, a provincial state of calamity was announced last week, but it was insufficient.

The devastation to the Port of Durban had far-reaching implications that affected more than simply KZN, which is why the Cabinet agreed to declare a national state of disaster, according to Ramaphosa.

“Because of the national state of disaster, more resources, capacities, and technical experience may be mobilized to provide assistance, recovery, and rehabilitation to impacted areas,” the president stated.

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