Technical team assessing public infrastructure damage in Cape storms‚ fires: Nhleko
TMG Digital | 2017-06-10 13:33:52.0
Raging fires at the Longmore Forest on June 07, 2017 in Knysna, South Africa. More than 10,000 people were forced to flee their homes overnight as fires fuelled by storm winds ripped through the Western Cape coastal town.
Image by: Gallo Images / Die Burger / Werner Hills
A technical assessment team has been deployed to evaluate damage to public infrastructure caused by heavy storms‚ strong winds and fires in parts of the Western Cape‚ Public Works Minister Nathi Nhleko said on Saturday.
“Urgent intervention required to expedite repairs and minimum interruption of services to communities will be determined on the strength of the team’s recommendations‚” Nhleko said.
Nhleko emphasised that a multi-sectoral approach should be adopted to coordinate relief efforts and interventions to assist those who have virtually lost all of their possessions.
“We wish to convey condolences to those who lost their loved ones during the tragic natural disaster as well as appreciate humanitarian aid and support that has thus far been extended by business and private individuals to those in need‚” he said.
He added that available resources need to be stretched as far as possible to cover affected areas and double-dipping avoided during roll-out of emergency intervention measures.
Nhleko will visit the area early in the coming week to receive firsthand briefings and progress reports.