Residents in low-lying areas still evacuated as heavy rain continues – SABC News

Residents in low-lying areas are still being evacuated by the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Cooperative Management. It’s unclear how many people are still missing after heavy rains washed away cars and people crossing low-lying bridges.

The South African Weather Service (SAWS) has announced that heavy rains will continue in the coming days along coastal parts of KwaZulu Natal, including eThekwini Metro and the Ugu and iLembe districts.

Disaster response teams and emergency services continue to work around the clock to save affected communities.

eThekwini Mayor Mxolisi Kaunda said several power plants were also affected and many communities were left without water and electricity. Kaunda says they cannot yet quantify the extent of the damage.

“Most of the city’s power plants were flooded and our teams were unable to assess them last night, but our teams began work on these plants in the early hours of the morning. We would like to ask our communities to be patient with us as we work to restore power to all communities and businesses. Certain water treatment plants and water lines have been damaged, including those owned by uMngeni Water, which our teams are working on the ground to try to bring the situation back to normal.”

Umgeni Water’s Shami Harichunder is urging residents to use water sparingly as some water treatment plants have suffered infrastructure damage. Teams are on site trying to restore supplies to affected communities.

Floods claimed 45 lives

The province has confirmed that at least 45 people have lost their lives heavy rains and floods. The government has placed local and national disaster teams on standby.

The following video reports the death toll in floods:

Four people saved

Four people were rescued from a roof in Durban. “Medi Response search and rescue teams, in conjunction with Black Eagle Aviation, conducted the aerial search and rescue mission to locate and extract four people from an area south of Durban,” said Herbst Paul, spokesman for Medi Response .

“Rescue workers located the family with a helicopter and lowered rescue teams onto the roof of the building. Four people were lifted from the area and taken to safety. The site is otherwise not accessible by road or on foot,” added Paul.

Disaster response teams have responded to various incidents across the province.

A spokesman for the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs in KZN Senzelwe Mzila says: “A number of interventions are being introduced by the provincial government, led by the Chief Minister of Sihle Province Zikalala. This includes roping down the South African National Defense Force (SANDF) and law enforcement and other stakeholders to provide assistance in areas to evacuate people trapped in areas.”


The humanitarian organization Gift of the Givers Foundation says it will be on the ground to help those affected by the floods in KwaZulu-Natal.

Foundation founder Imtiaz Sooliman says: “People whose homes are affected basically can’t cook, so they need meals for a few days while they wait for their house to be cleaned up. Many of them need clothes and blankets because it is winter now and they need pads and diapers for the children. And if we expand a little further, it depends on whether we provide corrugated iron to rebuild their houses, if they’re informal settlements, but we always tell the government that people get houses and it’s about time that we are using this as an opportunity to give people houses, of course it cannot be done overnight but it is being investigated.”

Further rains are expected to wreak havoc in KZN

Residents in low-lying areas still evacuated as heavy rain continues – SABC News

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