'Global warming effects are realities' - KZN Premier points to climate change as cause of storm

2017-10-13 10:31 - Gabi Zietsman
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Cape Town - While declaring KwaZulu-Natal a disaster area, the KZN Premier acknowledged the role that climate change played in creating such a devastating storm.

In a statement, Premier Willies Mchunu announced the amount of damage inflicted by the storm that hit the province on Tuesday, highlighting that R136,5 million damage was done to schools alone.

He also put sharp focus on how climate change has an effect on weather and the province.

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"The recent floods bring home the fact that climatic change will have a devastating effect on the infrastructure and many households unless action is taken to mitigate it," said Mchunu.

"Clearly, the natural forces are threatening the future of our province and global warming effects are realities facing us today."

He also referred to the drought that the province has been experiencing, which is normally followed by this kind of devastating storm. The combination of weather conditions has a negative impact on food security and the region's agricultural productivity.

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Mchunu concluded that the youth need to step up to help curb the impact of climate change.

"We urge young people to be present in all structures of Environmental Awareness campaigns. Young people must form their own forums or join existing ones in order to create awareness about global warming."

The storm pummeled Durban on Tuesday, with heavy flooding, damage to cars and the destruction of buildings.

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