Welfare MEC assists in heavy-storm relief

2008-01-11 00:00

Heavy rains have affected over 288 households in the province this past week, but no deaths have been reported as a result of the stormy weather conditions.

Department of Welfare MEC Meshack Radebe visited more than 52 damaged homes at the Imbabazane Municipality near Estcourt yesterday, where he handed out food parcels as the mopping up operations continued.

Radebe blamed the inclement weather on the effects of global warming and warned that in coming years the storms could be even more powerful.

“We have to be prepared for these disasters. Government needs to put aside a budget for damages, but we cannot do it alone.

“We need business people to help where they can in their nearest communities,” said Radebe.

Mother of nine children, Eunice Madlala said that Sunday’s storm destroyed her house.

“Now I have to start building afresh.”

Radebe said that the storms have affected 52 homes at iNkandla, 110 at Pongolo, 36 at Mahlabathini and 80 at Imbabazane.

He said communities need to be educated in building stronger houses and must be told not to build next to river banks.

The department is expected to visit storm-ravaged areas of northern KwaZulu-Natal today.

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