Eastern Cape still assessing flood damage

2012-10-24 07:25

Johannesburg - The Eastern Cape government was still assessing flood damage in the province, two MECs said on Tuesday.

"At this stage, we are still finalising the assessment of the damage in order for us to indicate how much it will cost government to attend to these disaster incidents," local government MEC Mlibo Qoboshiyane and transport MEC Thandiswa Marawu said in a joint statement.

Engineers, the army, municipal officials, and disaster management teams were fixing roads, bridges and other infrastructure damaged by heavy rains.

Construction of a temporary bypass on the N2, between Port Elizabeth and Grahamstown, was expected to start on Friday, after a 30m section of the road collapsed.

A report on the damage would be sent to the national departments of co-operative governance and traditional affairs and the Treasury, prior to it being sent to President Jacob Zuma's office.

"We will send an SOS appeal to President Zuma to declare a special disaster fund to attend to these incidents in our province," they said.

The MECs appealed to motorists to be patient and cautious while the roads were being repaired.

  • beverly.young3 - 2012-10-24 08:08

    The problem I have with this assessment of damage, is that it is laborious at best. TENDERS have to be sent out, head scratching and many, many, meetings. The damage so far, according to the reports, is in the BILLIONS!!!That is only for our section of the Eastern Cape. Port Alfred, Grahamstown, and down to Port ELizabeth. errr............whose gonna pay for it? I would hate to think of the loss of earnings right now in our area. None of the truckers may travel this way for up to possibly a year? Oh my......

      Antipoaching - 2012-10-24 15:26

      and still no sign that central Govt is aware that the Eastern Cape exists... One piddly thunderstorm in Joburg got more media coverage than the destruction of a third of our Province has.......... and I include News24 in that grumble

  • Dam0Bradshaw - 2012-10-24 08:14

    Hectic Photo's

  • kelly.irvine.52 - 2012-10-24 10:22

    This is for the SA Friends and famliy to see whats happening in the Eastern Cape. Love to you all. xxx

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