Communities Join Hands To Assist KZN Floods Victims

Calls for aid relief for Durban Floods has been made, this after hundreds of people were left displaced by devastating torrential rains that swept through KwaZulu-Natal early this week.

Communities together with different stakeholders including non-governmental aid relief organisations have joined hands to assist flood victims, who have been displaced by recent deadly rains that have resulted in a death toll reaching over 60.

The Durban University of Technology (DUT) is one of those which have reached out to its broader community of staff members and students, seeking donations, in order to contribute towards relief assistance.

In a communique sent out by the university, it pleaded with its broader community to lend a helping hand where possible.

“It has been reported that several people have been left homeless, seriously injured, missing and a shocking number of fatalities. While mop-up operations in affected areas such as uMlazi, Chatsworth, Malvern, New Germany, Shallcross, Reservoir Hills and Marianhill are still underway, dozens of victims are left without food, clothes or shelter.

“DUT would like to extend a helping hand to assist the affected victims, and requests the broader DUT community to donate non-perishable foods, blankets and clothes,” the university said.

Meanwhile temporary shelters have been set up for the victims, the likes of Red Cross, a humanitarian organisation that provides emergency assistance and disaster relief has been present, providing relief. In uMlazi township, a temporary shelter is set up in Q section, which is housing over 70 people.

Good samaritans wishing to extend a helping hand can assist by donating food, clothes and blankets in various shelters.

Donations drop off zones in Johannesburg can be found in East Rand and other various places.

And people in Durban can reach out to the South African Hindu Maha Sabha offices and many other places.

DUT drop off zone for donations in Durban.

DUT City Campus

Steve Biko Campus

Ritson Campus

ML Sultan Campus

Brickfield Campus

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