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Flooding in KwaZulu-Natal Declared a Provincial Disaster

April 14, 2022

Department of Cooperative Governance

Recent flooding in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) has been declared a provincial disaster.

The cooperative governance department announced the declaration in Government Gazette 46241 in terms of the Disaster Management Act.

According to Dr Mmaphaka Tau, Head of the National Disaster Management Centre, the declaration follows deliberations with sector departments and the KZN Provincial Disaster Management Centre and the assessment of the magnitude and severity of the impact of the severe weather events that resulted in the loss of life and damage to property, infrastructure and the environment caused by heavy rain, flooding, strong winds, landslides etc.

The provincial executive is tasked with coordinating and managing the disaster.

Prior to the declaration, the chairperson of the select committee on cooperative governance and traditional affairs, water and sanitation, China Dodovu, called on the national and provincial government to move with speed to declare KwaZulu-Natal a disaster area.

In a statement, the chairperson noted that this will “ensure that the necessary funds are unlocked to assist flood-ravaged communities in KZN”.

The chairperson also emphasised the need to urgently put in place “mitigation strategies to avert the annual recurrence of such disasters” such as improved town planning and building processes.