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72 still missing after KZN April floods, DNA testing a priority

KZN flood victims still await adequate housing 4 months after disaster hit the province

There are still 72 people missing after the devastating floods in KwaZulu-Natal in April.

KZN Premier Nomusa Dube-Ncube said DNA experts have worked tirelessly, prioritising identifying the missing. Many families in shelters have been housed, but 64 shelters remain open, 50 of which are in eThekwini.

Months after the devastating April floods in KwaZulu-Natal authorities are still working to find and identify 72 people. "There are still 72 missing people. DNA services are being rendered with the support of the South African Police Service and recently eight DNA results came back with positive results, which is significant progress," KwaZulu-Natal Premier Nomusa Dube-Ncube said on Thursday.

"We are aware that some families are seeking closure, [and we are] taking into consideration all the sensitivities and emotional issues around this matter," Dube-Ncube said. The premier added that searches were ongoing, and authorities were working tirelessly to find and identify the remains of flood victims.

She said the DNA testing for flood victims was a priority. "The DNA relating to the disaster is being prioritised and is not being handled like all other DNA."

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