He said 1,469 people had been displaced by the floods and had to be provided with temporary accommodation in community halls and by their neighbours and relatives.
"While we don't have a timeframe for re-accomodating those affected by the floods, we have asked the human settlements department to make it a priority."
Mchunu said that at least 235 private homes were damaged in eThekwini alone.
"This disaster caused massive damage to infrastructure, both public and private. Railways, roads, houses full of furniture and personal possessions were damaged or destroyed.
"The estimated damage stands at R1.1bn with eThekwini estimated at more than R685m. Many families have been rendered homeless. In addition to displacement, many people's lives were interrupted by power outages, the majority of which have been attended to," he said.