Eastern Cape government declares disaster zones prone to bad weather and flooding.
CAPE TOWN – The Department of Local Government and Traditional Affairs in the Eastern Cape intends declaring parts of the province disaster zones, officials said on Sunday.
These areas include sections of Port Elizabeth and the Kouga municipality.
The province has been slashed by severe weather, causing major damage to roads and bridges earlier this month.
A large section of the N2 between Grahamstown and Port Elizabeth was also washed away, leaving a gaping hole on the national road.
The department said a decision on whether to declare parts of the Eastern Cape disaster areas will have to be made by the end of the week.
More than 1,000 people were displaced over the last fortnight after their homes were flooded.
Many are still living in shelters while the municipality finds them alternative accommodation
Meanwhile, the department’s Stanley Khanyile said the planning process starts on Monday morning.
(Edited by Tamsin Wort)
Article source: http://ewn.co.za/2012/10/29/Eastern-Cape-marks-disaster-zones