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N West declares disaster areas

Nelspruit - Several municipalities in the North West have been declared disaster areas following last week's earthquake, the premier's office said on Monday.

The areas affected were the Khuma, Jouberton, Vaal Reefs, Kanana, and Tigane townships in Matlosana local municipality, within Dr Kenneth Kaunda district municipality, said acting spokeswoman Bonolo Mohlakoana.

A damaged house after the 5.5 magnitude earthquake that struck the North West earlier this month . File picture: Antoine de Ras. Credit: INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPERS

“The declaration also covered Ramotshere Moiloa local municipality in Ngaka Modiri Molema district.”

A toll free number, 0800-22-22-70, had been activated for communities to report damage, and for the public or interested organisations to call for donations.

“The Gift of the Givers will be on site tomorrow in the declared areas to assist victims on the ground,” Mohlakoana said.

A 31-year-old man was killed in a mining village near Orkney on Tuesday last week when a 5.5 magnitude earthquake struck the region.

At least 34 miners were injured by the earthquake and more than 600 houses damaged.

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