KZN flood damage estimated at R1.1bn

Over a R1.1-billion in damage and 70-dead bodies. Courtesy #DStv403

DURBAN - Repairing the damage caused by horrific floods in KwaZulu Natal is estimated to cost R1.1-billion.

KwaZulu-Natal officials want the national government to declare parts of the province disaster areas after devastating floods killed 70 people.

Two bodies are still missing and an estimated 1,469 people are homeless.

Durban will have to come up with more than R658-million towards the repairs.

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Government has, since, pledged to assist grieving families with funeral arrangements.

“We will be supporting all the families that have been affected, particularly the deceased’s family members," said KwaZulu Natal Cooperative Governance MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube.

"Obviously there are those that had to do the burials within the 24 hours, the ones that have done last weekend and the ones that are doing this week, the government will continue to provide that support.”

Those who have lost their property will also receive government assistance but it’s unclear clear how long the rebuilding will take.

KwaZulu-Natal Premier, Willies Mchunu, is expected to give details about the Executive Council's decision on natural disasters. Courtesy #DStv403


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