3 000 displaced by storms in KZN

2008-11-17 00:00

The number of people displaced by storms that pounded parts of Pietermaritzburg and Molweni in Durban last week was yesterday said to be close to 3 000.

In Pietermaritzburg, the number of people displaced by Wednesday night’s storms was 1 441.

Some 348 houses were partly destroyed.

In Molweni, over 1 500 people were displaced by Friday’s storm, which also left six dead (not eight as earlier reported), 65 hurt and about 300 houses destroyed.

The number could rise, as there are people who are still not accounted for.

“Sniffer dogs are to be brought into the area to assist with the search for those people who are still missing,” said Wilton Magwaza from the Social Development Department, adding that it could be declared a local disaster area today.

Magwaza said a number of short-term interventions have been put in place to assist the residents. These include tents to house some of the displaced and the provision of psychological services to the affected.

Magwaza praised residents of KZN who made donations to people affected by the storms.

Donations can be made by contacting Sbu Hadebe on 082 805 5480.

Head of Msunduzi municipality’s disaster management unit, John Gutridge, said that the municipality has spent about R240 000 on relief.

Gutridge said donations from the public are welcome and can be dropped off at the Disaster Management offices on the top floor at the Fire Department.

“We appreciate donations such as blankets, pots, pans, plastic sheets … It is not advisable for people to donate food,” he said.

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