Heavy rains wreak havoc in Limpopo

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Pretoria - Hundreds of houses, private property and classrooms have been damaged by heavy rains in Limpopo.

The Provincial Disaster Management Centre has given out food parcels, blankets and tents to the affected families.

The province has been experiencing heavy rains and storms since the beginning of the rainy season. All five districts in the province have been affected by the flash floods.

The Vhembe district, which covers the far northern part of the province, is the most affected, with 334 damaged houses.

The most flood stricken area in the district is Thulamela, with 246 houses damaged, 45 in Mutale and 43 in Makhado.

Two people were injured in Modimolle and Lephalale in the Waterberg district municipality, while in Sekhukhune four people drowned.

Local Government and Housing MEC, Soviet Lekganyane, has sent his deepest condolences to the affected families. He further urged all people in Limpopo to be vigilant and take extra caution during this rainy season.

In case of any disaster, members of the public should report the incident to their district offices or provincial disaster management centre on the toll free number 0800 222 111.

Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister, Sicelo Shiceka, has already declared four district municipalities in the province, with the exception of Capricorn, disaster areas along with others across the country.

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