Capricorn District Municipality’s (CDM) has taken charge of the situation affecting 147 households over the district that suffered damages and losses caused by heavy storms and wind that hit the areas last Wednesday.
Moffat Senyatsi, CDM’s Media Liaison Officer says in a media release that residents of Blouberg, Polokwane, Lepelle-Nkumpi and Molemole municipalities were affected. “By Thursday morning the number of households affected by the disaster stood at 15 households at Ga-Mphahlele, Seleteng, Dublin, Maijane and Mashite in Lepelle-Nkumpi, 62 at Mmotong, Kgabo Park and Makwenya in Polokwane, 58 at Schoongezight and Rosenkranz in Blouberg as well as 12 in Molemole’s Ward 16. Strong damaging winds and thunderstorms blew off roofs and left the families in dire need of shelter and other necessities,” Senyatsi reported.
According to Senyatsi, CDM’s disaster management team was dispatched to the families and was conducting assessments. “The number is likely to increase as the assessment continues. The team is measuring and quantifying the damage and tally the approximate number of affected households so that they can actualise the provision of temporary relief to the families in a form of makeshift tents and salvage sheets in order to reduce the effects of disaster and rekindle their welfare and livelihood,” Senyatsi explained.
Senyatsi also confirms that all the cases will be referred to the South African Social Security Agency for the provision of food parcels and others to the Department of Cooperative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs for the rehabilitation of houses for the indigent.
“Residents are reminded to use 0800 666 777 to report any kind of disaster to the District Disaster Management Centre,” Senyatsi advised.
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