China News Agency, Johannesburg, May 6 (Reporter Wang Xi) In response to the progress of post-disaster reconstruction in KwaZulu-Natal Province, South Africa, Peggy Nkonini, head of the provincial Transportation and Community Safety Committee, said on the 6th that the The province is expected to spend 6 billion rand (about 3 billion yuan) on the reconstruction of infrastructure such as roads.
In early April, a sudden and heavy rainfall hit eastern South Africa, dominated by KwaZulu-Natal, causing severe flooding.
Affected by this, major roads in many areas, including Durban, the capital of KwaZulu Natal Province, were cut off, more than 8,000 houses were damaged, more than 4,000 houses were completely destroyed, and more than 13,000 families were affected. More than 40,000 people were left homeless.
In addition, the floods killed more than 400 people and left nearly 100 missing.
At present, KwaZulu-Natal Province has started post-disaster reconstruction work.
Among them, the reconstruction of the National Highway No. 2 has officially begun, and bridges, railways and other road infrastructure are also in urgent need of repair.
Nkonini said that at present, the province still has a large funding gap, and the South African government needs to provide more funds to support reconstruction work.
Earlier, Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula visited KwaZulu-Natal to assess the damage caused by the floods and express condolences to the affected people.
In addition, the South African Ministry of Transport and the provincial government of KwaZulu-Natal have launched several rounds of consultations on post-disaster reconstruction.