Ugu mayor provides relief for disaster victims

2016-02-25 06:00
 Photo: supplied Umzokhanyayo Primary School in Harding that was affected by the storm and left dysfunctional.

Photo: supplied Umzokhanyayo Primary School in Harding that was affected by the storm and left dysfunctional.

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THE Ugu District Municipality mayor, Councillor Ntombifikile Gumede, in partnership with local municipalities, has provided resources to aid disaster relief efforts for destitute families­ in Umuziwabantu, Umzumbe­ and Hibiscus Coast Municipalities as a result of the severe thunderstorms over the weekend.

The storms took another life, increasing the death toll to four since the beginning of the storms last week in Umuziwabantu.

The storm affected 217 households in Umziwabantu, 194 in Umzumbe and 12 in Hibiscus­ Coast Municipality.
A number of 10 schools were destroyed and left dysfunctional.

Through the assessment done by the Ugu Disaster Management­ team, 25 Wendy Houses have been provided to families whose houses were totally­ destroyed in Umzumbe and Umuziwabantu municipalities.

A further 30 households have been identified as beneficiaries­ of lightening conductors,­ which will ensure they are no longer prone to thunder storms.
In total the municipality­ donated­ 400 blankets­, 95 plastic sheeting, 166 food parcels and 16 sponges as short-term relief to the families.

The mayor during her visit spoke about the impact of disasters­ and how they have increased.
She said that the Ugu District­ faces increasing levels of disaster risks because it is exposed to a wide range of weather­ patterns, including drought, fire and thunderstorms that can trigger widespread hardship and devastation.
“Our communities must educate­ themselves about disasters­ and what they can do to avoid becoming a victim and limit such disasters.
“Better knowledge will save lives.”

The municipality has assessed 1 387 households and is conducting further assessments to further identify households that require assistance­ from the municipality­ in terms of the housing, food and blankets.

Ugu District Municipality promotes working together to create an environment that is friendly, responsive, accountable, effective and efficient for local communities.

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