KZN Floods
A general view of flood damaged homes in KwaNdengezi, Durban, South Africa, April 12, 2022. REUTERS/Rogan Ward

President Cyril Ramaphosa will visit flood-stricken parts of KwaZulu-Natal today, Wednesday 13 April 2022, to offer support to affected communities and assess the response of government and civil society to this critical situation. At least 59 people have died so far due to the devastating KZN floods.

KZN Floods
Jomba Phiri walks over where his house stood after heavy rains caused flood damage in KwaNdengezi, Durban, South Africa, April 12, 2022. REUTERS/Rogan Ward

The President’s programme started at approximately 09h30 with his arrival at Pinetown Civic Centre for a briefing by Premier Sihle Zikalala and officials on the situation in the province.

The KZN provincial government is calling for a State of Disaster to be declared as this « will enable the province to apply for emergency funding from National Treasury and grant authority to reprioritise our current budgets in order to address the reconstruction work necessary to bring the province back to normal. »

Following the briefing this morning, the SA President will travel to the following areas to meet affected families and inspect damage to infrastructure:
• Clermont (eThekwini Metropolitan Municipal Wards 22 and 29);
• Lindelani (Ward 43);
• Entuzuma (Ward 43);
• Emawoti (Ward 53), and
• Umzinyathi (Ward 03)


15h00: End of tour

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