On Thursday, the acting premier of Kwa-Zulu Natal (KZN), Sihle Zikalala announced that the death toll in the Durban floods had risen since the last tally.
As reported by eNCA, it has been confirmed that at least 70 people have been killed by the flash floods that swept away parts of the province this week.
Durban floods: Final death toll number to be confirmed
Zikalala noted that the final figures would be announced later on Thursday, as there were a number of people that still had to be accounted for.
“It is a situation that is worrying. It is the first time in KwaZulu Natal that we lose people in this greater number,” Zikalala stated.
Although conditions have improved in Durban, much of the inland parts of Kwa-Zulu Natal are still being monitored for any potential flooding.
Repair work begins
During his visit to the affected areas of the city, President Cyril Ramaphosa had assured residents that National Treasury would channel an undisclosed amount of money towards restorative efforts in eThekwini.
What was once a picturesque coastal town that was lauded for its warm, tropical weather conditions was left in absolute disarray by the floods.
Houses in low-lying settlements were wiped away and roads were left completely destroyed.
Affected families to be assisted by government
While the exact cost of restoring Durban to its former pride has yet to be confirmed, Zikalala did reveal that the government would be assisting the families of the deceased with funeral arrangements.
“We believe that it will take us this week to mop up. By next week, we are sure that we will be making announcements, in as far as issues with funerals and in as far as projects that will assist us to ensure that people who lost houses are assisted to get houses,” he added.