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2022/01/12 21:14:00

The Executive Council of the Eastern Cape has declared flood-hit areas in the province as disaster areas. A number of storms moved over the province since last month claiming at least 17 lives.

The Executive Council of the Eastern Cape has declared flood-hit areas in the province as disaster areas. A number of storms moved over the province since last month claiming at least 17 lives.

%The Executive Council of the Eastern Cape has declared flood hit areas in the province as disaster areas. A number of storms moved over the province since last month claiming at least 17 lives.%

Aftermath of floods that hit the Buffalo City Metro.The Executive Council of the Eastern Cape has declaredflood-hit areas in the province as disaster areas.A number of storms moved over the province since last month claiming at least 17 lives.The Premier’s spokesperson, Khuselwa Rantjie says the declaration of the disaster is being submitted to the National Disaster Management Centre for classification and verification.

“The declaration of a disaster will ensure a consolidated and integrated government effort to support communities to rebuild their lives and protect livelihoods. Cabinet noted that natural incidents that result in the disaster have been occurring much more frequently in the province which calls for proactive and coordinated efforts to improve early warning systems and enable swift response when incidents occur. Cabinet also called on communities to refrain from building houses or shelters in low-lying areas which are prone to flooding.”

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