Health Minister Joe Phaahla says 66 healthcare facilities have been affected by the recent flooding in KwaZulu-Natal.

The Minister provided an update on Government’s interventions to assist flood-affected residents.

He says assistance is also being provided to residents and healthcare facilities in the Eastern Cape.

Phaahla says the priority now is to ensure that those with injuries, and those patients who are on chronic medications, get urgent medical attention.

Authorities are hard at work finalizing all post-mortem examinations, on the more than 430 people who died in the KwaZulu-Natal floods.

He says more than 60 school-going children died in the floods.

The Minister says it is important to determine exactly how these people died so that their family members can find closure.

The confirmed death toll stands at 435, with 55 people that are still missing.

Watch the minister’s full briefing here.

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