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South African President, Ramaphosa, pledges to mobilise resources to help flood victims

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“Resources will be mobilised in the biggest ways so that the people, who are currently in need are assisted,” Ramaphosa said, as he visited affected areas in KwaZulu-Natal Province.

He added: “This is what we have to do as government and it is for that reason that I decided that I should come and have a look.

“So that we can give some comfort to our people who are currently in devastated situations.”

The provincial government said that death toll from the disaster had risen to 51 in KwaZulu-Natal and that heavy storms had battered Durban and other areas in the province since Monday night, leaving a trail of destruction and displacing hundreds of people.

“We are saddened by what happened, the loss of life is never something that pleases anyone particularly as it happens unexpectedly,” Ramaphosa said.

The president said that he was assured by the National Treasury that it has the money to help the victims.

“So money will be mobilised to assist our people … these are emergency situations that we budget for,” he said.

According to him, the government, at all levels, is giving as much assistance as it possibly can, particularly for those who are displaced.

The Eastern Cape and Free State provinces also experienced severe weather conditions.

In Port St Johns in the Eastern Cape, serious flooding prompted the South African Air Force to dispatch helicopters to assist with rescue operations.

The president said that he would go to the Eastern Cape in a few days to see exactly what happened there.

Ramaphosa commended the rescue services at national, provincial and local government levels.

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