Eastern Cape – Several Eastern Cape municipalities have declared themselves disaster areas following last week’s heavy rain, which resulted in an estimated R1 billion in damage, mostly to roads and infrastructure.
Some of the areas hardest hit said this week they did not have the funds in municipal budgets to deal with the damage from the floods, which claimed at least 12 lives.
Some areas received more than 400mm of rain over just a few days, resulting in roads and bridges washing away, houses and buildings being damaged, and many people being displaced.
Eastern Cape education spokesman Malibongwe Mtima said seven schools, mostly primary schools, had reported being damaged last weekend. Teaching had however continued this week, since the damage had been mostly partial.
The provincial government has started proceedings to declare the province a disaster area, while some municipalities have already made disaster declarations on a local level.
Shane Brown, acting head of safety and security for Nelson Mandela Bay, which includes Port Elizabeth, said damage estimates of between R300 million and R600m had been received.
Most of the damage