Eastern Cape storm damage estimated at millions

2017-01-13 17:41
A house damaged in a freak storm in Mthatha. (Supplied)

A house damaged in a freak storm in Mthatha. (Supplied)

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Johannesburg - The OR Tambo District Municipality in the Eastern Cape is still counting the cost of damages caused by gale force winds and torrential rain two weeks ago.

Municipal officials and disaster management experts dealing with the aftermath estimate the cost of damages to be more than R200m, and say that more than 3 000 families have been left destitute.

"As OR Tambo District Municipality, we would first like to convey a message of condolences to families who have lost loved ones through this incident," a statement released on Friday read.

"According to reports received so far, the severe weather conditions left 3 210 families destitute from the affected local municipalities.

"[Some] 859 families have been left homeless and 2 351 households suffered varying levels of damage to their houses. The estimated cost for damages is R203 721 000.00."

READ: Man killed, 70 injured in Eastern Cape storm

Fifteen schools were also damaged. The cost of repairs to ablution facilities and administration blocks has been estimated at R12m.

"Electricity supply by Eskom to approximately 60 000 customers was affected in some areas of Qumbu, Mthatha, Mqanduli, Libode and surrounding areas around Mthatha CBD.

"Electricity supply infrastructure was severely affected in the following villages: Payne Farm, Mazizini, Qweqwe, Xhugxwala, Kotishini, Sithebe, Mvezo, Mbekweni, Ngqwarha, Luthuthu, Vidgesville, Sondela, Mbane and Qwemeshe.

"The cost to repair electricity infrastructure and reconnect all affected households has been estimated to be R13 000 000.00, as per the report by Eskom," the municipality said.

"As government we will continue to do all in our power to minimise further loss of life and damage to property and infrastructure. We are and will continue to work closely with all sectors of society to ensure a co-ordinated and coherent approach in assisting those affected."

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