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Gov't advised to construct permanent disaster shelters for flood prone areas

Published:Wednesday | July 24, 2013 | 10:18 AM

Opposition spokesman on local government Desmond McKenzie says the government should look at implementing a comprehensive relocation programme for people living in flood prone areas.



In opening the debate on the private members motion on natural disasters yesterday, McKenzie stressed that it continues to cost the country millions to rehabilitate and provide social relief to communities during the annual rainy season.



He wants legislation to be introduced to have no build zones and mandatory evacuations.



The local government spokesman said the government should consider constructing three permanent disaster shelters in the areas which are most likely to be affected by floods.



McKenzie noted that one of the reasons people refuse to evacuate is the condition of shelters.



Meanwhile, he called for legislation to be introduced with stronger penalties for those who loot during a natural disaster.



McKenzie called for increase allocation to the National Disaster Fund.



The Local Government Minister recently revealed that the fund has a balance of 260 million, which he noted was below the 650 million required to adequately respond to a natural disaster.



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