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Toll free line activated to support and assist KZN flood victims

The Khokhoba informal settlement in Durban where residents were seen digging for bodies that were allegedly caught under the rubble. Pictures: Theo Jeptha African News Agency(ANA)

The Khokhoba informal settlement in Durban where residents were seen digging for bodies that were allegedly caught under the rubble. Pictures: Theo Jeptha African News Agency(ANA)

Published Apr 18, 2022

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DURBAN - A 24-hour toll free line has been activated to assist people who have been affected by the recent devastating floods in KwaZulu-Natal which resulted in at least 443 deaths and widespread destruction of property.

In a statement on Monday, the KZN Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs announced that the provincial Disaster Management Centre had activated the toll-free helpline.

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The department said the number (0800 000 953/954) can be used by members of the public who require support.

“This number is manned 24/7 and adds to the current capacity that is there in the District Disaster Management Centre which are the first point of call for those that are affected by the disaster,” said the department.

The department reiterated its gratitude to all South Africans who continue to donate to the relief efforts.

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“Every piece of clothing, food and bedding donated towards the relief efforts makes a big difference to the lives of the victims of the disaster, many of whom have lost loved ones and everything in the space of a few moments because of the flooding.

“The provincial government is under no illusion about the task that lies ahead as we set forward to build and repair critical infrastructure such as roads, electricity, water and sanitation,” it said.

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