PORT ELIZABETH - Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) Minster Zweli Mkhize said that the government across all spheres is providing a coordinated response to the devastation caused by heavy rains and floods in KwaZulu-Natal and Eastern Cape.
As the political head responsible for disaster management in the country, the Cogta minister said that the government was doing everything possible to assist with the large scale damage after roads washed away and bridges and houses collapsed under strain from the torrential rains and floods in the two provinces.
The minister joined President Cyril Ramaphosa in visiting the areas devastated by the floods that have claimed more than 50 lives in KwaZulu-Natal alone.
Mkhize met with the provincial and local leadership in the province to discuss the "unfolding work on the ground from various spheres, institutions and organisations aimed at assisting families and communities that have been devastated".
“Some people, especially in KZN have lost property and lives. The damage is also visible as the infrastructure across the province is destroyed and in some areas it is dangerous for communities to utilise, " Mkhize said.
"The devastation is visible and untold pain has been inflicted upon the people and as government we are doing everything possible to assist.
"The President of the Republic came to see first-hand the devastation left behind by the torrential rains which had surpassed 200mm, thereby leading to flooding in some areas,” Mkhize said.
“Emergency accommodation is being provided for communities who are were misplaced.”
Ramaphosa, addressing the media at one of the sites of the disaster said it was crucial for a co-ordinated response to the needs of those who had been affected.