Thu. Oct 17th, 2019

Easter floods: SANDF deployed to Port St Johns

Easter FloodsEaster floods have hit the Eastern Cape town of Port St Johns hard with over 300 residents fleeing their flooded homes.

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The South African National Defence Force have arrived in Port St Johns to help with rescue and evacuation efforts in the flood ravaged town in the Eastern Cape.

The east coast of South Africa has been lashed with torrential rains that began over the Easter weekend displacing thousands.

Defence and military veterans minister Nosiviwe Noluthando Mapisa-Nqakula revealed that military rescue teams had been dispatched to the areas hardest hit by the flooding including Port St Johns.

Hundreds of people have already been evacuated from their homes at the badly flooded Green Farm.

Khunjulwa Mlata told SABC TV News: “I discovered when I go out again that the room was full of water. All the belongings inside were just swept away. I took the kids outside to the municipality vehicle that was standing outside already. We just decided to take the kids.”

Municipality spokesperson Andile Duka told reporters that hundreds of people were being housed temporarily at the town hall in Port St Johns.

“This morning reports came via various mediums about flooding occuring at Green Farm.  Further reports were received of river flooding in Ngqeleni under Nyandeni local municipality and Blekana River in King Sabata Dalindyebo local municipality,” Duka told the Sunday Times.

“That meeting will give us the latest update. This morning we have not received any more news of evacuations, but I cannot say there will not be more evacuations.”

About 328 people had been evacuated from 100 flooded homes in Port St Johns while local businesses had donated food and blankets.

Rescue efforts have been hampered by a lack of mobility and access to flooded areas, while the risk of electrocution and continued damage to personal and government property remains a concern as more rain falls. The risk of mudslides is high and increases as more rain falls.

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