Storm wreaks havoc in BCM

The storm that struck BCM on Saturday left many people homeless while power cuts continue to upset residents in the affected areas.

FOUL WEATHER: An electrical pole in Ilitha township lays where it was knocked over during last week’s storm

BCM’s communications department reported over the weekend of damaged infrastructure caused by the heavy storm across the metro.

BCM spokesperson Samkelo Ndlovu said that disaster management officials are working with ward councillors and ward committees to assess most of the reported areas.

“To assist in restoring the system, our electricity department has called on additional assistance from the contractor. Management is assessing the system to check if we need additional teams.

“Roads were also damaged, workers were also summoned to report on duty to use our internal and resources. The storm caused damage in several areas and houses around and the Buffalo City Metro.

“Our disaster management has been responding to cases of houses that were damaged with some having roofs blown off in the areas of Ndevana, Sweetwaters, Ginsberg and Mdantsane.

“Our disaster management teams are assessing the affected properties and activating emergency protocols which include evacuation and providing alternative shelter, depending on each case.

“Reports of the damages on these and other areas will be submitted to our human settlements department and the provincial department of social development for intervention,” Ndlovu said.

BCM confirmed that no reports of injuries or fatalities have been made.

“The severe storm over the weekend caused extensive damage to the overhead fiber link as well as electrical cabling. The electricity section is attending to this matter with most areas with power restored. BCM roads unit is also working to restore damaged roads,” said BCM communications officer Bathandwa Diamond.


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