Govt takes stock of flood damage

2011-02-01 22:11

Pretoria - A national disaster team will carry out damage assessment in all nine provinces next week to determine the impact of the recent floods, the Cooperative Governance ministry said on Tuesday.

The visits would take place over three days from February 7, said spokesperson Vuyelwa Qinga.

"The (team) will cover all provinces in an effort to reassess and verify...the extent of the damages incurred particularly in the 33 municipalities declared as disaster areas," she said in a statement.

"A consolidation of the initial assessments by provinces has put the cost of the damages at over R1bn." Engineers and other experts would be dispatched to the provinces and a national assessment report would be drawn up.

The ministry said current figures showed that 91 people had died, 321 were injured, and 13 043 homes were damaged in the floods.

Infrastructure to roads, bridges, schools, clinics and churches was also damaged.