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Major storm damage in Postmasburg

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The Northern Cape Department of Co-operative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs (Coghsta) said on Monday that major damage was caused to infrastructure in Postmasburg on the weekend due to a flash storm.

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THE NORTHERN Cape Department of Co-operative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs (Coghsta) said on Monday that major damage was caused to infrastructure in Postmasburg on the weekend due to a flash storm.

Coghsta spokesperson Babalwa Mzambo said that electricity poles, roads and streets were damaged while large trees were uprooted and roofs were blown away during the heavy rain and strong winds on Saturday.

“The areas that were most affected are Postdene, Boichoko and Maranteng. This was the most severe storm to strike the area,” said Mzambo.

She added that 94 houses, 78 informal settlements and 37 streets were affected by the storm.

Mzambo said there were no reports of injuries or hospitalisations.

“No cars were reported to have been damaged. Five families were displaced by the floods and all of them opted to stay with families and friends. These families were supplied with essential goods from the Department of Social Development.

“The Postmasburg showgrounds have been converted into a shelter should community members require alternative accommodation.”

Mzambo stated that Tsantsabane Municipality, together with the provincial disaster management committee, would continue with assessments of infrastructural damage in the area.

“They will also look towards improving early warning systems and awareness programmes of natural disasters.”

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