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Nationwide floods classified as national disaster

Following widespread floods in several provinces, including Mpumalanga, a national state of disaster has been declared.

According to the Government Gazette, released today, February 13, Dr Elias Sithole, head of the National Disaster Management Centre, has declared a national state of disaster.

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After assessing the magnitude and severity of the impact of the flooding incidents, which caused a devastating impact in Mpumalanga, the Eastern Cape, the Free State, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo and North West that resulted in the loss of life, missing persons, damage to property, infrastructure and the environment, and after having considered the information and recommendations received from the provincial disaster management centres, notice was given that the occurrence was classified as a natural disaster today.

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During a state of disaster, organs of state are called upon to further strengthen support to existing structures to implement contingency arrangements and ensure that measures are put in place to enable the affected provinces to effectively deal with the effects of this disaster.

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