South Africa’s government declared a state of national disaster on Monday night following the deadly floods caused by heavy rains in recent days. Disaster management centres in multiple provinces reported at least seven fatalities, with several others still missing.
The government’s declaration of a state of national disaster will enable the mobilisation of resources and provide aid to affected areas. The affected provinces include KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga, and Limpopo, where roads and bridges have been destroyed, homes have been flooded, and power lines have been damaged.
The South African Weather Service has warned that more rainfall is expected in the coming days, which could exacerbate the situation. The government has urged citizens to take all necessary precautions and to remain vigilant during this time.
The president’s office expressed condolences to the families of those who lost their lives in the floods and assured citizens that the government is taking all necessary measures to provide aid and support to those affected.
The South African National Defence Force has also been deployed to assist with rescue efforts in affected areas.
The government has called on all citizens to work together and support each other during this difficult time. The declaration of a state of national disaster is a crucial step towards providing much-needed aid and support to the affected communities.