[PICTURES] SANDF deploys 10 000 troops to assist with disaster relief in KZN

[PICTURES] SANDF deploys 10 000 troops to assist with disaster relief in KZN

The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) has deployed 10 000 troops to assist with disaster management efforts in the floods-stricken KwaZulu-Natal.

Troops deployed in KZN

The floods have affected more than 30 000 people with over 400 deaths now confirmed.

SANDF spokesperson Andries Mokoena Mahapa says the troops are deployed in support of provincial disaster relief structures.

“The SA Army will render support as part of Op CHARIOT in erecting field accommodation, provisioning of fresh water with its water purification systems, and the deployment of electricians for restoring power and plumbers for restoring the water supplies in the areas that have been affected by the floods,” he says.

“The SA Army pledges includes 31 x 10 000 litre Water bunkers, 3 x water provisioning systems, 2 x water points with 1 litre bottled water/plastic sachets, a Platoon of electricians and plumbers, 60 x 16x16 tents and bedding for the affected communities.

“The assistance of the SANDF is executed under Operation CHARIOT, which is a registered SANDF operation, where the SANDF provides humanitarian and disaster relief assistance to all South Africans, when and where required,” says Mahapa.


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