26 January 2021
Staff Reporter/ PretoriaLIVE
Pretoria – The Limpopo Department of Social Development has started distributing relief to households that have been affected by the localised floods in the Vhembe and Mopani Districts.
Thus far, an assessment conducted by social workers and community development practioners and other government officials identified 78 families with the majority in the Vhembe District. The affected are in the Thulamela, Collins Chabane, Musina, Makhado, and Greater Letaba local municipalities.
MEC for Social Development Nkakareng Rakgoale said that relief of distress in the form of food parcels, dignitary packs, blankets and other basic amenities are being distributed to the affected households.
“Some family members were displaced as a result of the continuing rain after the start of Tropical Cyclone Eloise in Mozambique at the weekend. The number of affected people may increase as assessments are continuing in the affected areas.”
“The teams of dedicated social workers and community development practioners as well as disaster management officers from district and local mucipalities are hard at work assisting the affected households. Our social workers are also providing psychosocial support to the affected individuals,” Rakgoale said.
Rakgoale urged communities to exercise extreme caution to ensure that they do not have casualties in areas that have been hit by this disaster and also to ensure that children and other vulnerable groups do not get anywhere near waterlocked areas.