At least ten people have died due to floods in Buffalo City in South Africa’s Eastern Cape Province.
The lives that were lost include a K-9 rescue officer and farmers. The Premier of Eastern Cape, Oscar Mabuyane mentioned that one person is still missing and that they will be getting an additional team from Nelson Mandela Bay to help with the search.
Various NGO’s were able to assist residents including Gift of the Givers. Corene Conradie of Gift of the Givers said they will also be helping a resident who lost her 18 year-old daughter in the floods with burial arrangements.
The Premier also thanked the NGOs for their assistance, mentioning that the government’s response to emergencies needs to be improved.
According to the Buffalo City Municipality (BCM) disaster management policy, each metropolitan and each district municipality must establish and implement a framework for disaster management in the municipality aimed at ensuring an integrated and uniform approach to disaster management in the BCM area. The municipality of Buffalo City had managed to try implementing that policy by deploying disaster management teams.
“We are not aware of the extent of the damage as yet”, said Makhaya Komisa, spokesperson of the provincial Corporate Governance and Traditional Affairs Department.
Komisa confirmed that there were local schools that were affected by the flooding but only the Department of Education can say if this will affect the reopening of schools next week in coastal areas.
Social Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu today (Tuesday) visited the municipality to ensure that the affected communities get the help they need to get back on their feet.
By Lineo Khabele for African View News
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