Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Costs of flood damages rise

By Chanel September

The costs for damages that were sustained in the recent Southern Cape floods are four times higher than set at the start.

The flood wreaked havoc in the region when it was struck by a cut – off low pressure system with heavy rain and gale – force winds.

Premier Ebrahim Rasool has however reiterated that the region will not be declared a disaster area.

The Premier told Independent Online that an estimated increase of R80 million was expected, but now the latest figure is R353 million.

The provincial executive is to meet today to discuss its restoration strategy.

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