The Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC, Bongi Sithole Moloi, led mop-up operations in Newcastle, under the Amajuba District, where two people and an infant lost their lives during the floods that struck parts of the district.
In Danhausser Municipality, two people, Nokubonga Mchunu, 22, and Thulani Mabaso, 52, lost their lives when they were swept away while trying to cross a large body of water. In Newcastle Ward 25, an infant died when the house it was in was flooded.
During her visit to the district, MEC Sithole-Moloi visited the bereaved families to provide interim relief.
The MEC, together with the political leadership of the Amajuba District and senior officials from the Provincial Disaster Management Centre, conducted an inspection of the flood damaged areas in the Newcastle CBD, which had large parts flooded during the heavy rains.
In the Mkhanyakude District, two people are still missing after they were swept away trying to cross a flooded river in Ngwavuma.
We continue to appeal to residents to exercise the utmost caution as the inclement weather conditions could continue.
Working with social partners, the Provincial Disaster Management Center is working closely with all municipalities to make sure assessments are done and the right steps are taken to help affected communities.
issued by the Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC, Ms. Bongi Sithole Moloi,