President Cyril Ramaphosa has visited the province of Kwa Zulu-Natal in the wake of the floods, which have claimed over 253 lives. Earlier, he stated that the situation was dire and was the worst that the province had ever experienced.
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“We see such tragedies hitting other countries like Mozambique, Zimbabwe, but now we are affected ones’, the president said during this visit to the province on Wednesday,” said Ramaphosa
He made his first stop in Claremont, west of Durban after being made aware of the devastating floods and how they claimed 59 lives, displacing residents, and destroying homes, businesses, roads, bridges as well as electricity and water infrastructure.
The President is due to announce the latest death toll which is set to be higher than 253 as specified by the health MEC – Nomagugu Simelane-Zulu, according to Premier Sihle Zikalala’s spokesperson.
While speaking to the residents of Ntuzuma, Kwa Zulu-Natal the president stated that the number of deaths could be over an additional 100, however it would be confirmed later on Wednesday as the assessment is ongoing.
According to KZN Finance MEC Dube Nxube the numbers keep going up and could be well over the 500 mark, however, nothing has been confirmed as there are more investigations that would need to take place.
The KZN department of education has announced that it has closed schools affected by the devastation.
Department spokesperson Sihle Mlotshwa said the terrain and water levels make it extremely difficult for pupils and teachers to reach schools.
“In some areas, it is extremely dangerous to access schools as pupils and teachers are forced to cross high levels of water, said the spokesperson.
All affected schools have provisionally been closed down until 19 April,” the spokesperson stated.