Since Monday 11 April 2022, when one of the worst floods in South Africa’s history hit Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal, at least 448 individuals were killed, and the damage to property and infrastructure in the region was insurmountable.

In the wake of the destruction brought about by the persistent heavy rain the province has been experiencing, non-profit organisation, The Gift of the Givers says they have been inundated with distressing calls from individuals in need of assistance, as well as corporates wanting to lend their support to stricken communities.

To assist the needy, The Gift of the Givers has launched a crowdfunding campaign on BackaBuddy, for those locally and abroad wanting to lend their support to struggling communities during this distressing time.

Funds raised will be used to provide hot meals, blankets, bottled water, warm clothes, sanitary pads and diapers for those in low lying areas who have lost their material possessions.

As the need arises, funds will also be used to supply communities with food parcels, school uniforms, stationery, and building materials to help repair damaged school infrastructure.

“The need of the hour is huge with massive damages to roads, highways turned into rivers, shipping containers floating on the N2, retaining walls collapsed with people trapped underneath, cars have been washed away, debris and trees blocking roads, people can’t get to work, health facilities had to reduce services, religious institutions, as well as many homes, have been damaged, electrical infrastructure is non-functional aggravating load shedding, streams have become raging rivers, people have lost their lives. Those making it to work have to carry extra shoes and socks as they walk through streams to get to transport that in turn has to negotiate high levels of water on roads.” – says Dr Imtiaz Sooliman

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