KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala has applauded workers who have been part of rescue and emergency services to help flood victims and recover bodies.
Zikalala has been speaking at the workers’ Parliament in Esikhawini near Empangeni on the north coast of the province.
Over 400 people died during last month’s floods. Zikalala says some workers who lost their lives during the recent floods were sole breadwinners in their families.
“We pay tribute to many workers of our country and our province who lost their lives in efforts to save our lives. Some of them passed away while on duty. Many families are still trying to find bodies of their loved ones. We are consoled that Samwu workers from eThekwini municipality, at least their bodies were found.”
Search and rescue teams have recovered the bodies of two eThekwini municipal employees who had been missing since the weekend’s floods.
The bodies were retrieved in the uMdloti River a few kilometres away from where they had encountered problems trying to cross.
eThekwini Municipality spokesperson Msawakhe Mayisela says, “The City would like to announce that the two bodies of our missing employees have been found and as a result, our Mayor has sent his heartfelt condolences to the families.”
Property industry hit hard
The property industry in KwaZulu-Natal is going to take some time to fully recover after the devastating floods. That’s according to an industry expert, who believes that the recent floods will not have any impact on property prices in areas that were ravaged by torrential rains.
A look at devastation to some properties:
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