Tropical storm Eloise classified a national disaster in South Africa
The South African Government has classified the tropical storm Eloise a national disaster. “I, Dr Mmaphaka Tau, in my capacity as Head of the National Disaster Management Centre, after assessing the magnitude and severity of the damage in various provinces caused by strong winds and floods due to tropical storm Eloise and summer seasonal rains and after having considered the information and recommendations received from the respective Provincial Disaster Management Centres and national sector departments in the National Joint Flood Coordinating Committee, hereby give notice that, in terms of Section 23(1)(b) of the Disaster Management Act, 2002 (Act No. 57 of 2002), I classified the occurrence as a national disaster. Emanating from the classification of this occurrence as a national disaster, in terms of section 26 read with section 23(8) of the Act, the primary responsibility to coordinate and manage this disaster, in terms of existing legislation and contingency arrangements, is designated to the national executive.,” said Dr Mmaphaka Tau, Head of the National Disaster Management, in a statement accompanying the Government Gazette on Friday, 12 February 2021.
Eloise made landfall with wind speeds of 160km per hour on 23 January 2021 in Mozambique and left large parts of Beira flooded. Some 3 000 people were evacuated in the city and the storm also wreaked havoc in Zimbabwe, eSwatini and Botswana.
In South Africa, it left hundreds of people homeless in the northern parts of KwaZulu-Natal. In one small municipality alone ie Jozini, in the north eastern part of the province, 280 house were either completely or partially destroyed.
It also hit Mpumalanga and Limpopo, where it washed away bridges and houses. Torrential rain and floods occurred in Gauteng Province as well.
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