The recent high rains in KwaZulu-Natal that resulted in floods not only caused infrastructure damage, but also caused a tragic loss to many families who have lost their loved ones as a result of the floods, according to the local media.
Ten members of the Mdlalose family were killed when an avalanche that slid into their home and swept her family down a hill claimed their lives on February 8, 2010. As of right now, 306 individuals have been killed as a result of the accident. Some have been rescued from collapsing buildings, while others have been rescued from floodwaters.
According to photojournalist Shiraaz Mohammed of the Daily Maverick, a lifeless body of an infant has been discovered at Isipingo Beach after being washed away from its home by the rains. The baby's identify has not been revealed at this time.
Many people are heartbroken and upset as a result of this, and they are blaming the government for the calamity. Some people are surprised that the government does not have a disaster fund and that there is no money available to respond to floods on an emergency basis, as other countries do. Others have accused the administration of playing Russian roulette with people's lives and of constantly begging for handouts when calamity strikes.
On the other side, a segment of the population is interested in learning what happened to the helicopters and emergency supplies. They believe that, under the leadership of Zandile Gumede, bridges, roads, and other infrastructure will not be restored in the near future.
A permanent disaster and recovery fund is required for the country. Surprisingly, there isn't any money available to assist the families that are in need. The administration has not yet begun disbursing the monies collected as a result of the July disturbances.
Now is the time for the government to convene and devise a plan to make several billion dollars accessible for disaster relief and rehabilitation efforts. Even if infrastructure reconstruction can and will be delayed, money should be made accessible to bereaved families because they do not know how they would bury their loved ones after losing everything.
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