E Cape flood damage to be assessed

2013-04-23 16:02
Flooding (Picture: AP)

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Johannesburg - The extent of flood damage in parts of the Eastern Cape is being assessed, the province's local government department said on Tuesday.

"When the assessment is completed, the report will be given to sector departments to verify the extent of damage," spokesperson Mvusiwekhaya Sicwetsha said in a statement.

The report would then be submitted to Local Government MEC Mlibo Qoboshiyane and Premier Noxolo Kiviet.

Funds would then be allocated to deal with infrastructure damage.

"We urge members of our communities to work closely with municipalities and disaster management teams so that accurate information and facts are collected," said Sicwetsha.

Injuries and deaths

Three people died and two were injured when a rondavel collapsed during floods in Tsolo at the weekend.

The Malizo Mpehle Memorial Hospital had operated on a skeleton staff on Sunday, with people unable to get to work because of overflowing rivers, the province's health department said at the time.

Cars and houses were submerged and scores of people were evacuated during floods in Port St Johns.

The department said 10 houses in the Mtubane location had collapsed.

It said 20 houses in Slovo Park and 15 mud houses in Phola Park had been submerged.

Parts of the R61 between Port St Johns and Lusikisiki were partially closed following a landslide.

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