President Promises KZN Flood Victims 'We Will Help You' as Death Toll Reaches Tragic 259
President Promises KZN Flood Victims 'We Will Help You' as Death Toll Reaches Tragic 259. Video screenshot

An emotional President Ramaphosa has told the people of KwaZulu-Natal that the SA government will intervene to help families affected by the floods. The coastal province has been lashed by heavy rain, floods and mudslides which have left a trail of destruction amongst homes and businesses, and tragically claimed at least 259 lives.

During a visit today to affected communities, to assess the damage and to offer support, the President – who was visibly touched by the tragedy around him – met with a family who lost four children after a wall fell on their home during the floods. Mmeli Sokhela, pictured below, lost his three children and his step child when a church collapsed onto his home.

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Mmeli Sokhela, who lost three children and a step child when a church collapsed onto his home during flooding, reacts during a visit by South African President Cyril Ramaphosa in Clermont, Durban, South Africa, April 13, 2022. REUTERS/Rogan Ward

Ramaphosa said: “I wanted to visit this area to see what has occurred… and I can see that [following the floods] this area is in a very bad state. A great tragedy has befallen you, one that we have not seen in a long time. The most painful effect of these floods is that many lives have been lost, people’s homes have been destroyed, streets, bridges and churches have been destroyed.

“We are here to see this for ourselves and to assess how government can intervene and where government can step in to help.”


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KZN Floods. Watch video below. Screenshot.

Nonala Ndlovu, chief director of the Department of Cooperative Governance for KwaZulu-Natal, told Reuters the police estimate of the death toll was 259.

President Ramaphosa passed his condolences to the bereaved families and committed the government’s support to them, at times removing his mask to wipe his eyes as he listened to their tragic stories.

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President Promises KZN Flood Victims ‘We Will Help You’ as Death Toll Reaches Tragic 259. Video screenshot

“You are not alone on this journey,” he said. “We will walk with you. We will help you in all the ways that we can. We know that your hearts are broken because of what has happened but we are here to say that we are with you.”

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The death toll has risen to 259 since this video was produced earlier in the week.