THE KwaZulu-Natal provincial cabinet has officially declared
Tuesday's storm a provincial disaster.
This after the
devastating impact the heavy rains had on several districts across the
"We met this morning as provincial cabinet and
officially declared it a provincial disaster. We will be going to national to
see how we have funding from government for this," Premier Willies Mchunu
said on Thursday.
To get the funding, the executive council would submit an
application to the national government for classification and declaration of
the disaster as a provincial disaster in terms of the Section 41 of the
Disaster Management Act, "since it affects more than one district".
Mchunu briefed journalists on Thursday afternoon after
visiting bereaved families of those who had died in the storm.
Eight dead, 5 missing
According to Mchunu, the SA Police Service had put the official
death toll at eight, with five others still missing.
"There are five people who are still uncounted for
including an infant. The trauma that has been experienced by the families will
take many years to heal."
The figure could rise as there were other figures being
quoted and more people were still coming forward searching for their loved
ones, he said.
Mchunu said that more than 133 schools were affected
including high schools, adding that the estimated costs to repair the damaged
schools is R136m.
"Government will do everything in its power to ensure
that learners who are preparing for the final matric examination are not