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Working together to save lives
The April 2022 floods which affected most parts of the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) province of South Africa, particularly Durban, showed how much can be achieved if different stakeholders work together for a common good. The total number of deaths was reported to be 460, and this number will likely increase as more bodies are still missing. However, the floods catalysed action by different stakeholders working together to respond to the immediate and longer-term needs of flood victims. The recent flooding event showed how much can be achieved if stakeholders work together, both as events are unfolding during the flooding and in postflooding response. The events on 11 and 12th April far exceeded any flooding experienced previously in this settlement. With clear warnings being broadcast via the FEWS system, and with city and academic project partners in attendance, settlement residents were convinced to evacuate their dwellings, despite the torrential rainfall that fell that night of the 11th. 

Through the EPIC Durban project, QRW flood victims have received trauma counselling which was identified as an urgent need by South Africa’s Minister of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries, Barbara Creecy, during her follow-up visit to the settlement after the floods. These counselling sessions would have been difficult to coordinate and implement in a short periodof time, were it not for the EPIC Durban f ramework being in place (providing transport and access for UKZN student and intern counsellors to settlement reside

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