Mzintlanga River floods dwellings

2017-03-03 06:00
Flooded shacks. Photos: siphelele nketo

Flooded shacks. Photos: siphelele nketo

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THE Mzintlanga River overflowed after heavy rain in the Mphela area and flooded many mud houses and shacks. in Kokstad.
When Fever reporter visited the area on Wednesday scores of people were removing furniture from their mud houses and shacks while others were looking for somewhere to put their furniture.     

Resident Lumka Hlakaza said she managed to remove clothes and blankets when her mud house collapsed in the early hours on Wednesday.
“I am happy to be alive after my house collapsed, but I don’t have anywhere to sleep now.”

Nogcinikhaya Mamthambu and her two children managed to escape unharmed when the river burst into their house.

“I don’t afford to pay rent for a better house which is why I live in a mud house,” said Sindiswa Mbiko, whose house was flooded.
Ward 9 councillor, Mvuyisi Mgewu said he is aware there are many people who have been left homeless and he will ask the Greater Kokstad Municipality to help them.

Another resident, Xolisani Ndlwathi asked the municipality to provide temporary shelter for affected families after his house was washed away.

Since 13 February Greater Kokstad Municipality Fire and Rescue teams attended to 12 houses that had collapsed.
The fire and rescue unit station officer, Thomekile Ngodwana said blankets and mattresses were donated to some affected families.

No injuries were reported.

Ngodwana said people must phone the GKM Fire and Rescue office on 039 727 5733 anytime to report cases of disaster.          



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