Thunderstorms wreak havoc across the district
Capricorn District Municipality’s disaster management team is on high alert in the wake of thunderstorms and damaging winds that affected 147 households across the district during heavy rains on Wednesday 15 November.
The municipality is currently attending to the aftermath of disaster incidents that befell households in Blouberg, Polokwane, Lepelle-Nkumpi and Molemole. By Wednesday morning 16 November, the number of households affected by the disaster stood at 15 households at GaMphahlele Seleteng, Dublin, Maijane and Mashite (Lepelle-Nkumpi), 62 at Mmotong, Kgabo Park and Makwenya (Polokwane), 58 at Schoongezight and Rosenkranz (Blouberg) as well 12 in Molemole’s ward 16. Strong damaging winds and thunderstorms blew off roofs and left the families in dire need of shelter and other necessities.
Disaster management team was dispatched to the families and they are busy doing assessment and the number is likely to increase as assessment continues. The team is measuring and quantifying the damage and tally the approximate number of affected households so they can actualize the provision of temporary relief to the families in a form of makeshift tents and salvage sheets in order to reduce the effects of disaster and rekindle their welfare and livelihood. All these cases will then be referred to SASSA for the provision of food parcels and CoGHSTA for the rehabilitation of houses for the indigent.
District disaster unit and Sassa are on site assessing the damages to determine what assistance to provide . We are communicating with Red Cross Society to assist with manpower in order to fast track situational assessment.
Residents are reminded to use 0800 666 777 to report any kind of disaster to the District Disaster Management Centre.