Over the last week, torrential rains have wreaked havoc in the province of KwaZulu-Natal, leaving thousands homeless and nearly 400 dead. Residents took to social media to share the havoc that the flooding has caused, with substantial damage done to roads and health care facilities.
According to News24, at least 24 people are still missing and many more injured as mopping up activities commence in the devasted province. It’s all hands on deck with the City of Cape Town deploying a team of highly-skilled emergency response personnel to KZN.
The team departed on 15 April, and the effort forms part of a multidisciplinary team assembled by the Western Cape government which is set to assist KZN’s disaster management personnel.
“City of Cape Town fire and rescue team arrived in KZN. Getting their 4×4 vehicles and off to be deployed. The City has also issued a call for donations to help flood disaster victims in KZN. JP Smith says the group is highly trained, “technical rescuers, divers and medics,” a tweet read that was reposted to the City’s Twitter page.
#KZNFloods: The City of Cape Town has deployed a team of highly-skilled emergency response personnel to KZN. It’s part of a multidisciplinary team assembled by the Western Cape government. The team will assist the KZN’s disaster management personnel.
📷: Mayor, Geordin Hill-Lewis pic.twitter.com/44pTGUPSyb
— Athi Mtongana (@Artii_M) April 15, 2022
Donations have been pouring in, including a R30 million donations from the Motsepe Foundation which will go toward supporting the flood victims.