City of Ekurhuleni signs a declaration of disaster

The municipality has identified more than 3,000 homes in need of repairs due to structural damage.

FILE: Thousands of Ekurhuleni residents have been left shaken after their homes were damaged in thunderstorms which brought hail stones and severe winds earlier this week. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The City of Ekurhuleni has signed a declaration of disaster that will see households affected by recent storms receive assistance.

The municipality has identified more than 3,000 homes in need of repairs due to structural damage.

Last week, hail storms swept through parts of Gauteng damaging homes, aircraft and municipal buildings on the East Rand.

Municipality spokesperson Zweli Dlamini says funds will soon be made available to aid residents.

"Some of the houses suffered structural damages and the majority of them have broken windows and so on. Most of the people are living below the bread line hence the mayor's decision to actually sign the declaration of state of disaster."