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Temporary homes for uMlazi flood victims
​Temporary shelter has been provided for storm victims in uMlazi.
ETHEKWINI Municipality is continuing to provide assistance to those affected by flooding experienced in the City recently. The Human Settlements Department has set up temporary safe and private camps for displaced residents in the interim.

Ward 78 Councillor Thandiwe Zuma said 48 people have already been handed keys to move into the double-storey corrugated iron houses. She said the handover took place on 1 June. “These temporary shelters were built in response to the heavy rains that left many residents stranded without homes. Some were afraid to continue living in unsafe areas after the inclement weather conditions resulted in widespread flooding in April,” she said. “There was much excitement and ululating among uMlazi residents after they received keys to occupy these houses.

Some have been staying with relatives since they were displaced. We have also managed to move residents who are living in unsafe areas or too close to the river’s edge,” Councillor Zuma added. She said she is pleased that most residents who were affected by the storm are now safe. Another added benefit is that the project also created employment opportunities for local residents and subcontractors, she said. Councillor Zuma urged residents to refrain from building in hazardous areas as they were endangering their lives.

zabanguni.khuzwayo@durban.gov.za 
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