By Thys Khiba – Eastern Cape Premier Oscar Mabuyane is calling on private sectors to help after the flash floods have claimed the lives of about seven people, including a 19-year-old and police officer.
“In the area, there is lots of support that is required – people have lost their homes, people have lost clothing everything that they own,” said spokesperson for premier KhuselwaRantjie.
Rantjie emphasised that they are calling for local businesses and organisations to come forward and help.
“While government is busy trying to mobilise resources, it is really encouraging businesses as well to give support. All of this happens just weeks before schools reopens, so you can imagine the devastation of those families,” said Rantjie.
Up to so far, the Gift of the Givers has been on the ground assisting in Mdantsane and Duncan village.
According to a social media post released by the Gift of the Givers, about 85 households have affected, while 35 houses have been completely washed away in Mdantsane.
Mabuyane and MEC for Human Settlements were seen on the ground with the Gift of the Givers handing over mattresses and blankets.
“Many people are still in tears and shock as they pick up the pieces of what’s left,” Foundation said in a statement.
“In Mdantsane and Duncan village, 4 shelters have been identified for the affected families who lost everything during the floods.”
For assistance, people can contact the Gift of Givers, the province’s Disaster Management Centre and the premier’s office.
This is a developing story.
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