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Chinese government donates money to assist KZN flood victims

Trucks packed with emergency relief products arrived in Durban on Friday and were headed for communities which had been hardest hit by the deadly disaster.

Police officers try to rescue people trapped in their homes destroyed in a mudslide following torrential downpours and flash floods, near Westcliff Secondary School in Chatsworth, south of Durban on 23 April 2019. Picture: AFP

DURBAN - The Chinese government has donated about R1 million in disaster aid to assist flood victims in KwaZulu-Natal.

Trucks packed with emergency relief products arrived in Durban on Friday and were headed for communities which had been hardest hit by the deadly disaster.

Around 70 people were killed in this week’s deadly floods in KZN with the final death toll yet to be confirmed.

Trucks filled with products such as shoes, clothes, and blankets were stationed at the Durban CBD waiting to be dispatched to communities such as Umlazi and Clermont.

On Friday afternoon, International Relations and Cooperation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu together with ambassador Lin Songtian visited some of the flood-ravaged communities in that province to deliver emergency relief products.

Sisulu, accompanied by the eThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede and other provincial officials, received the emergency relief aid donated by the Chinese community.

Sisulu has thanked ambassador Songtian for mobilising support in such a short period of time.

“I was very glad that the Chinese ambassador called me to say ‘what can we do?’”

Sisulu said her department together with the international community would be supporting those affected by the floods in whatever way they could.

“In the same way that we have supported other people in other countries, we’re here and extremely saddened by this.”

The Chinese ambassador said the donations were not only from his government but from Chinese people living in this country who wanted to show support to those in need.

Community halls housing flood victims in Durban appealed for help and warned that there were simply not enough resources to cover those in desperate need of aid.

Eyewitness News visited a temporary shelter in Umlazi where flood victims were forced to sleep on the floor with not enough mattresses to go around.

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