KZN floods: 448 confirmed dead, 88 still missing a month after the disaster struck - Zikalala

Image: Twitter / Arrive Alive
Image: Twitter / Arrive Alive
  • The death toll a month after the KZN floods stands at 448 people with another 88 still missing.
  • In an update on Thursday, Premier Sihle Zikalala told media there were also 6 895 homeless who were housed in 91 shelters.
  • Zikalala said the R1 billion promised from national government would be received through various services and would be monitored by National Treasury.

The death toll from the KwaZulu-Natal floods stands at 448 people, with another 88 still missing more than a month after the disaster, Premier Sihle Ziklalala said on Thursday.

Zikalala said a final baseline report confirmed the figures, which included 6 895 homeless people and 50 injured.

He added that 27 069 houses were affected, with 8 584 of these totally destroyed.

READ | Premier warns residents of heavy rains expected over the weekend in KZN

"All homeless are in 91 shelters currently, all will be provided with houses."

The cost of the flood damage to public infrastructure was officially estimated at R25 billion, with losses mainly from roads, rail and bridges, housing, water, sanitation, electricity and agriculture and manufacturing.

"We still have the water service system still out of operation in areas such as Tongaat as they were seriously compromised by the floods," the premier said.

Zikalala said the provincial government was working hard at trying to rehouse those in shelters into temporary housing units.

"Yes, they will receive houses in [the] form of temporary residential unit[s]. It is good quality and guaranteed for three to five years. They will be integrated in the forthcoming project for housing, so they get permanent housing."

Billion-rand funding

Addressing the R1 billion funding from the national government, Zikalala said it would come in the form of grants and services.

"The R1 billion comes in separate grants in the form of humanitarian support, emergency services such as water and others. It is based on applications made by municipalities and provincial departments.

He said: 

Ours is to consolidate a comprehensive budget based on damage incurred and submitted that to national disaster management - they will take that to Treasury and discuss at a national level.

He said the province was still trying to source funds to direct them toward those in need.

"We are trying to source other funds, but we want that money to go directly to those in need. The gaming industry in KZN, for example, came on board to donate. We said do not give us money, go and fix schools.

"So now the education department will say these are... the schools and then direct the gaming industry to repair those schools."

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