Five lives have so far been lost in the disastrous flood that rocked Kwa-Zulu Natal on Wednesday.
According to the province’s co-operative governance and traditional affairs department (Cogta); the extreme weather also damaged a significant number of communities.
Many families lost their homes and belongings; and infrastructures worth millions of rand were seriously damaged.
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“The extreme weather has so far claimed five lives and many other people have been left homeless and destitute in the wake of the worst floods to hit KZN this year. The flood damage is running into millions of rands,” Cogta said in a statement.
Cogta MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube lamented that the natural disaster has left departments with little or no amount of money.
“Our resources have been stretched to capacity but we are coping thanks to our well-trained and well-equipped disaster management teams. All of them are doing sterling work on the ground, responding to every call for help.”
Severe weather conditions struck across the entire country this week – a tornado was seen touching down outside Johannesburg.
In Kwa-Zulu Natal, heavy rains flooded Durban and the eThekwini region on Sunday and Monday.
On Monday afternoon, several cars had to be towed out of a flooded road.
On Tuesday, the inclement weather also sunk several vehicles at the KZN ambulance services base in KwaDukuza about 70km north of Durban.
At other areas across cities, there were reports of life-threatening incidents, severe flooding and landslides.
However, Dube-Ncube and eThekwini mayor James Nxumalo are expected to visit Chatsworth, Verulam and Umlazi today.
The aforementioned areas were terribly damaged by the flood; which also led to fatalities and extensive damage to infrastructure.
The inclement weather is coming after the South African Weather Service had predicted continued snow in the mountains and the KZN Midlands; while heavy rains were forecast along the coast.
However, Rescue Care Paramedics spokeswoman, Ceron Lennox, identified the following areas as crash hot spots:
– The M7 between the N2 and the N3;
– The M13 near the Westwood Mall; and
– The N2 north- and south-bound between Spaghetti Junction and the M7.