The IFP in KZN Legislature would like to extend its sympathies to Edendale and Ashdown communities in Pietermaritzburg, on the loss of their hard-earned belongings due to floods that ravaged the area yesterday.
Families were left homeless after persistent inclement weather hit these areas and the local UMsunduzi river burst its banks. Households in Thamboville and Copesville were reportedly submerged by floodwaters after a devastating storm, with a number of businesses also affected.
The IFP calls on government to urgently assist these communities, as they have lost their homes and possessions, as well as – where possible – to house them in safe temporary accommodation, such as halls and churches, as the bad weather is likely to extend to the weekend.
We would like to ask all residents in and around UMsunduzi Municipality, especially those living in low-lying areas, to remain vigilant as this is the season for storms and floods. The local community is still recovering from flooding over last December and January, where floods which left about 200 families homeless.
Further, as the IFP, we would like to extend our gratitude and appreciation to the police search-and-rescue team who are on the ground, looking for missing persons.
Hon. Otto B Kunene
IFP Spokesperson for COGTA in the KZN Legislature
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