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13 January 2011

Recent floods in Kwazulu Natal cause damage of R200m

Damage caused by major disasters in KwaZulu-Natal over the festive season has been estimated at nearly R200-million.

In an interim report on the damage, the Co-operative Governance department says the bulk of the money - about R145-million - will have to go toward water infrastructure alone.

The department says storms and flooding in the province have claimed at least 39 lives, and affected more than a thousand households.

The department says it will need funding to the tune of more than R198-million to repair damaged infrastructure, which apart from water systems, includes housing, roads, bridges and schools.

Damage to agriculture has also proved another expensive area - with the cost coming in at R75-million.

However, officials say the figures could change as technical teams are still out assessing damage.

So far, it says rebuilding nearly 500 homes will cost around R40-million.

The Human Settlements Department has told Newswatch that it's in talks with Co-operative Governance, in order to finalise funding to replace and repair homes.

- East Coast Radio