NW awaits report on earthquake

NW will wait for the report to decide if Klerksdorp and surrounds should be declared disaster areas.

Vuyani Mawethu secondary in Khuma Township sustained damages to classrooms during the earthquake on 6 August 2014. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The North West government says it will await a report by a panel of experts into this week's earthquake before deciding if Klerksdorp and surrounding towns should be declared disaster areas.

The 5.5 magnitude quake struck near Orkney on Tuesday afternoon and was felt from Botswana to Kwazulu-Natal.

North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo says the number of homes affected by an earthquake that struck the country has now risen to 600.

One man was killed when a wall collapsed on him while 21 miners at Anglo Gold Ashanti were injured.

Mahumapelo says the government is going to wait for a final assessment if the damage.

"We're going to wait for a report of the assessment of the earthquake disaster and we'll then decide whether we declare the area a disaster area or not."

Meanwhile, the North West government has set up a disaster relief fund to assist families who were affected by this week's earthquake.

Officials say members of the public and interested organisations have already contributed to the fund.

A team of engineers has also been deployed to the province to assess the damage in affected areas and their report is expected to be completed by next Friday.