Hlokomelo Mabogale |
Some people around the country are thankful for the rain but for Mpumalanga Premier Refilwe Mtsweni Tsipane, it might not the case. She will take about R425 million from the province’s bank account to repair the damages left by heavy rain.
Mtshweni revealed this on Monday during her visit to Kanyamazane in Mbombela, which is the most affected area in the Province.
The province has now reported 8 deaths while 6 people are still missing due to the floods. This prompted the provincial department of co-operative governance and traditional affairs (Cogta) to caution the community members living in the flood-line areas to move to safer areas.
Cogta MEC Mandla Msibi said vacating the dangerous areas would reduce the impact of the heavy rain, which has already left a trail of devastation, affecting many families in Mpumalanga.
However, communities living closer to the rivers, dams and water streams are at risk of drowning.
The rain also damaged houses and roads and left most of the rivers and dams above 90% full.
Captain Karel Potgieter from SAPS Inland Water-Policing & Diving Services urged parents to look after their children and don’t let them swim in rivers.