As the coastal province of KwaZulu-Natal gets devastated by floods, President Cyril Ramaphosa says they are preparing to declare it a disaster area, while also seeking additional funds for the province.
Residents have been told by the president that the government will aid them in rebuilding their homes.
Meanwhile, families in KwaZulu-Natal are hurting as catastrophic weather wreaks devastation on the region, killing 253 people so far.
The death toll has surpassed the 70 recorded deaths from the 2019 floods in South Africa, making it one of the greatest in the country’s history.
According to the South African Weather Service, these were the worst rains the province had seen in decades.
“It’s incredibly painful. Families have been completely forced to relocate. They’ve left their possessions behind, and one of them has lost his pet. “Their car is totaled, there is no insurance on the property, and they have nowhere to stay,” one woman explained.
Residents in the eThekwini region and adjacent areas have been terribly startled and traumatized, according to humanitarian aid agency Gift of the Givers. People who have been displaced have sought refuge in community halls. Some residents, according to Sooliman, lost their stuff in a matter of minutes.
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