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eDanganya Church Miraculously Survives KZN Floods But 25 Homes Destroyed – SABC News

The eDanganya congregation in uMgababa, south of Durban, was left with many unanswered questions after a church in the area miraculously survived the floods.

Videos that have gone viral show the structure simply moving downhill intact while all the homes around it were washed away.

The entire area was largely destroyed by the floods that killed 448 people in KwaZulu-Natal province.

The community of uMgababa and surrounding areas continue to visit the eDanganya area to witness what they call “a miracle”.

The church structure has shifted about 20 meters downhill from its original location without a crack in the wall. This happened at the time when the floods that ravaged the province destroyed hundreds of homes.

Electrical cables, including those feeding the church, have also been relocated and removed from the original point. What confuses many in the communities in the area is that houses and graves have been moved here.

More than 25 houses in the area were affected.

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“natural slopes”

University of KwaZulu-Natal climate expert Professor Tafadzwa Mabhaudhi says such movements are the result of landslides caused by the disturbance of natural slopes. He explains that they occur during heavy rains and periods of drought.

“Landslides are mainly caused by disturbances on natural slopes, and these disturbances have usually occurred during heavy rains and during periods of drought. What we’re seeing there is some people disrupting these slopes and the land degradation and environmental degradation.”

“People are building on these steep slopes and they don’t have proper retaining walls when they’re building. There are several ways to mitigate slopes that are very structural, like building proper retaining walls and having the right design and construction,” Mabhaudhi added.

Meanwhile, flood victims like Thokozile Mkhwanazi and Zethu Ndlovu are among the many in the area being housed at the nearby emergency shelter. They say that the whole area of ​​eDanganya is without water and electricity.

Government and NGOs, along with rescue teams, continue to provide aid to flood victims across the province.

eDanganya Church Miraculously Survives KZN Floods But 25 Homes Destroyed – SABC News

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