Relief efforts are underway for flood victims in Port St Johns (PSJ) and King Sabatha Dalindyebo (KSD) Local Municipalities flowing from the heavy rains that has been raining from last Sunday. There are neither injuries nor deaths that have been reported thus far.

COGTA MEC Fikile Xasa said in PSJ approximately 328 people have been affected and they have since been accommodated to the town’s community hall. Hundred (100) houses have been affected by the heavy down pours in the area.

He added that in KSD, the Phola Park area houses under water and the Ncise bridge have also been waterlogged. Slovo Park is also showing signs of flooding.

“We appreciate relief support from various stakeholders including the business sector Boxer, Pick and Save. Al Imdaad Foundation, which is a non-governmental organisation is also on site providing then much needed support. We encourage communities residing in low lying areas including those next to the river banks to seek alternative accommodation as a preventative measure,” said MEC Xasa.

He added that the Provincial Joint Operations Centre will be convened today as a matter of urgency to get District and Metro reports and assess the situation for intervention purposes. More heavy down pours are predicted throughout the Eastern Cape Province until mid night.

Meanwhile, in Mbizana the Ntlavukazi bridge in Ward 27 has been closed due to flooding thus negatively affecting school going kids. The Mkhungo bridge in Ward 29 has collapsed from both sides.

The Province is also aware of incidents reported in BCMM, Alfred Nzo District and Nelson Mandela Bay Metro where a 21 months’ old baby drowned in an unmarked manhole. However, the reporting will be incremental as information is received on a continuous basis.

Issued by the Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Enquires: Mr Mamnkeli Ngam, Director Corporate Communication on 071 685 7981.