With over 13 000 households affected by the brutal KZN floods, the City of Cape Town fire and rescue team is looking to play its part. The City has sent a highly trained group of technical rescuers, divers and medics to the province.
From Cape Town to KwaZulu-Natal
City of Cape Town Mayoral Committee member for safety and security, JP Smith, announced the team’s arrival in KZN on Saturday morning.
The Cape Town team has been split into three groups. Two groups dealing with two water rescues. The third team is assessing a structure which collapsed and a person is still trapped under the rubble.
On Saturday night, the teams will assess a mudslide where 20 bodies are believed to be buried. The team will then begin work attempting to dig out those bodies on Sunday.
The City’s team is not doing it alone though. Aside from the KZN rescue teams already on the ground, Gift of the Givers is providing equipment and other tools.
“From tomorrow they will not need the accommodation as they (the team) will be out in the fields and will sleep in tents.”
City of Cape Town’s JP Smith
Smith and the City of Cape Town are also asking for donations for the more than 40 000 people affected by the KZN floods. 8 039 houses have been partially destroyed while 3 937 houses have been left COMPLETELY destroyed as a result of the floods.
Donations in Cape Town can be dropped off at the Roeland Street fire station, Lakeside fire station as well as the fire stations in Strand, Goodwood and Bellville. The donations will then be shipped to KZN to those who need them most.
R1 billion in relief funding heading to KZN
National government has confirmed that R1 billion in relief funds will be available to KZN by next Tuesday.
“There are two phases to the disaster process. The first one is emergency relief. That’s what’s called emergency relief and the money is available in different departments. The second phase is going to be when we do recover and repair. That’s going to require a significant amount from treasury. That is difficult to quantify until some work is done. But the minimum will be a billion rand. Starting from Friday will receive a few requests and I think the money will flow to those respective departments by Tuesday.”
Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana told eNCA.
Speaking on Friday, President Cyril Ramaphosa confirmed that government was working on finding the best ways to channel funds to deal with the KZN floods.
The death toll in the province currently stands at 395.