Ramaphosa honours KZN floods victims, pledges funding for families

Ramaphosa honours KZN floods victims, pledges funding for families

- President Cyril Ramaphosa visited KwaZulu-Natal on Wednesday where he pledged funding to families affected by the severe weather conditions in the province this week

- Ramaphosa said he spoke to the Treasury and they assured him there are funds to help the people

- The head of state paid a visit to several sites where people lost their lives in the floods and mudslides

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On Wednesday, Cyril Ramaphosa arrived back in South Africa from his trip to Egypt and his first act of business was tending to the KZN province, which has been devastated by floods and mudslides.

Times LIVE reported during his visit to the province, the head of state vowed to fund the families affected by the floods.

"I immediately contacted our Treasury and said do we have money to assist our people? And they said 'President, we have the money'. So money will be mobilised to assist our people. These are emergency situations that we budget for, so resources will be mobilised in the biggest way so that our people who are currently in need are assisted. It will take time," he said in Durban.

Several photos and videos of the president's trip to KZN were posted on social media, Briefly.co.za saw.

"President @CyrilRamaphosa visits a site in Chatsworth where 7 members of the family lost their lives when their home collapsed as a result of flood damage. President Ramaphosa laid a wreath and passed on a message of condolences to the family and local community. #KZNFloods," the presidency captioned a video.

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The president also made his way down to the Westcliff Secondary School, where eight people tragically lost their lives in mudslides.

According to a report by CNN, the death toll of the KZN floods has shot up to 51 people - with local authorities reportedly confirming the claimThe KZN Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs department's Mabaso said: "The areas most affected are Amanzimtoti, Chatsworth, Mariannhill."

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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