Premier to assess flooded Lephalale

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Johannesburg - Limpopo premier Stan Mathabatha and four MECs will assess the extent to which the flooding in Lephalale has affected residents and infrastructure, his department said on Thursday.

“All of Lephalale is flooded,” Mathabatha's spokesman Kenny Mathivha said.

“The provincial executive committee decided yesterday (Wednesday) that the area needs attention.”

Mathabatha, health MEC Dipuo Letsatsi-Duba, transport MEC Lehlohonolo Masoga, human settlements MEC Ishmael Kgetjepe, and public works MEC Dickson Masemola would assess the area, he said.

“The premier will then make a decision on whether or not to declare the area a disaster zone and take it to the president.”

Rivers in the Waterberg district municipality were full to capacity, provincial human settlements department spokesman Motupa Selomo said.

More than 700 houses had been affected since March 5 until Wednesday.

A woman in Makurunyana sustained a broken leg when her house collapsed, and was taken to a nearby hospital.

Malala Tau lodge was under water, and 177 families were relocated to a Witpoort Community Hall from Thabo Mbeki village.

Thabazimbi Jabulani informal settlement was severely affected as result of burst mining dams, Selomo said.

“One lane on road D3912 that connects Mametja and Botshabelo villages (in the Vhembe district) has been cut-off completely and there is no alternative route.”

Kgetjepe called on members of the community to be vigilant and encouraged parents to warn children not to cross or play near rivers for their own safety.

Selomo could not confirm whether 5 000 people had been evacuated from Lephalale.

Beeld reported that the group was moved to higher land after the crocodile infested Mogol River began overflowing earlier this week. - Sapa


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