Reconstruction works have commenced in KwaZulu-Natal province in South Africa, following the destruction of infrastructure and roads in the affected communities.
This was confirmed by the KwaZulu-Natal Premier, Sihle Zikalala on Tuesday, May 3 while addressing the press on the progressive response to the floods.
“Constructors are on site in Ilembe District in ward 11 and 12 KwaSonkombo, Ugu at Malangeni under uMdoni and at Ray Nkonyeni, Nquthu and eThekwini (Emachobeni in Inanda, Molweni) – having started on Friday in line with the commitment we made. We are finalizing the assessment of some sites in Durban in terms of their suitability for construction,” he disclosed.
Zikalala further stated that while reconstruction is ongoing, efforts are being made to return affected persons to their homes, or Temporary Residual Units (TRUs) where they can experience the joy of having their own space again.
“As we continue with the construction of TRUs, our focus is to accommodate more than 4 396 families that are accommodated in halls, churches, schools. We are also paying special attention to those accommodated by neighbours and relatives,” he stated.
The KZN floods disaster has left residents devastated. A lot of persons have become homeless with no means of livelihood.
Till this day, many are still missing, and despite the efforts being put in by the search and rescue teams, hopes of finding them seems bleak.
The government of South Africa is working to ensure that public infrastructure and basic amenities such as power supply, water, etc are made available to residents.
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