South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, in his address to the nation, said that a state-level disaster situation was insufficient to counter the damage, and that the government national disaster situation declared it.
Ramaphosa, the country’s largest port and logistics center, the Port of Durban was flooded. severe damage He also stated that his death had an effect on this decision.
In the flood, nearly 4,000 households were completely destroyed. About 8,000 households were also partially destroyed. Ramaphosa said that more than 40,000 people were left homeless.
Noting that the most pressing issues in the affected areas are the provision of clean water, food and shelter, Ramaphosa said, “Preparations for the provision of temporary units for the displaced are ongoing and the construction of these units is expected to begin by the end of this week.” said.
Noting that a great effort must be made to overcome the effects of the disaster, Ramaphosa said, “This is a humanitarian disaster that requires a great and urgent aid effort.” used the phrase.
At the beginning of last week, the amount of precipitation per square meter in Durban and its surroundings, one of the largest cities in the country, exceeded 300 millimeters, while excessive precipitation caused floods and landslides.
KwaZulu Natal State Prime Minister, Sihle Zikalala, stated in her statement yesterday that the number of people who lost their lives due to the flood reached 443.
The South African National Defense Force had deployed 10,000 personnel to assist the region.
Thousands of households, 551 schools and 60 hospitals were damaged due to the flood.
The search continues for 63 people who disappeared in the flood.
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