Monday, June 03, 2024

Deadly Floods Displace Over 1,000 in Eastern Cape

Over 1,000 people have been displaced and 7 people have passed away following heavy rains that battered parts of Kariega, Gqeberha, and East London on Saturday. The Nelson Mandela Bay emergency services confirmed the rising death toll, emphasizing the severity of the damage caused.

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Henry Landsdown, acting spokesperson for the emergency services, reported that people have been displaced and are being accommodated in various shelter facilities such as churches and community halls.

Humanitarian aid group, Gift of the Givers, has stepped in to provide assistance to those affected. The organisation is working to support the displaced residents as they recover from the disaster.

The heavy rains led to flooding that destroyed property and disrupted the lives of thousands of residents. Landsdown described the situation as severe, noting that some victims were caught in the floodwaters while others tragically drowned in their backyards.

Local authorities continue to provide support and assess the extent of the damage caused by the floods.

Done by: Veerle Kroon

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