CoGTA Minister declares flood ravaged districts in KZN disaster areas

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Flood ravaged districts in KwaZulu-Natal have been classified disaster areas by Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA) Thembi Nkadimeng.

This as she and KZN MEC of CoGTA Bongiwe Sithole-Moloi visited Ladysmith, where Christmas Eve floods claimed several lives and caused damage estimated at R2-billion to roads, bridges, schools and homes.

Other districts are Ugu, eThekwini, Ilembe, and Umzinyathi after heavy rains lashed coastal areas last week.

FILE | Calls for KZN floods declared a disaster:

Nkadimeng says documents are being processed for an official declaration.

However, she says this classification will enable local governments to re-prioritise their budgets to start with repairs as soon as possible.