Relief funds announced by President while assessing damage caused by floods
This intervention was announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa today while assessing the extent of damage caused by the inclement weather.Devdiscourse News Desk | Updated: 24-04-2019 21:17 IST | Created: 24-04-2019 17:05 IST
The President saluted emergency services for speedily responding to rescue efforts and saving dozens of lives. He also thanked national and provincial departments, local government and non-governmental organisations for assistance.
"They have provided food, shelter, mattresses and beds and also toilet facilities in the various halls," he said.
"And they said: 'Mr President, we do have the money to assist'. So, the money will be mobilised to assist our people. These are emergencies that are budgeted for, so resources will be mobilised in the biggest way so that people currently in need are assisted. It will take time but the South African government, by all its levels, will be there to assist our people. This is what we have to do," he said.
He was confident that the intervention would comfort the devastated people.
"The force of nature is so huge – this is partly what climate change is about. It just hits when you least expect it," he said.
President Ramaphosa said he would in the next few days also visit parts of the Eastern Cape that were detrimentally affected by the floods.
Police in KwaZulu-Natal said its teams responded to 28 callouts on Tuesday ranging from structural collapses, drowning, mudslides and entrapments where 24 bodies were recovered and 15 people rescued. The search continued for three missing persons.
In Port Shepstone, search and rescue personnel attended to 31 callouts where two bodies were recovered, 43 people rescued and 29 evacuated.
(With Inputs from South African Government Press Release)