Mpumalanga flood damage cost R535m

2014-04-03 08:18

The cost of damage caused by floods in Mpumalanga is estimated at R535 million, the provincial government has said.

“Cabinet has since approved the declaration of a state of disaster in the province,” spokesperson Zibonele Mncwango said yesterday.

The affected municipalities were Nkomazi, Mkhondo and Bushbuckridge.

Mncwango said the floods damaged major infrastructure such as roads, bridges, housing and schools, as well as agriculture and water quality.

The province recorded 12 deaths, and 254 houses were reportedly flooded.

A team sent by the provincial government was earlier sent to the affected areas to assess the extent of the damage caused by the rain.

The team provided blankets, collapsible structures, tents and food parcels.

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