Emergency aid provided for storm-hit Ladysmith community

Emergency aid provided for storm-hit Ladysmith community

The Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs in KwaZulu-Natal says it's provided all families affected by severe storms in Ladysmith with temporary accommodation.  

MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube
Anelisa Kubheka

MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube says emergency provisions also include cooking equipment and mattresses, utensils, food and temporary shelter. 

Dube-Ncube provided the update in Durban yesterday. 

She said a join operations centre has also been set-up in the area. 

Some 70 houses were completely destroyed on Saturday night, leaving 400 people destitute. 

READ: Hundreds of people left homeless following Ladysmith storms

Dube-Ncube says practical assistance will continue until affected residents are in a position to begin rebuilding their lives. 

COGTA estimates damages could be in the tune of 10-million-rand. 

Meanwhile, Dube-Ncube says despite recent storms - much of the province remains caught in the grips of drought - including the uThukela District where the storm occurred at the weekend. 

COGTA says combined dam levels across the province are at just 55 percent.

ALSO READ: KZN storms claim six lives

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