The town of Ladysmith received a lot of rainfall throughout the weekend which led to the Klipriver overflooding its banks and going through the CBD. People affected who lived by the banks were previously warned by KZN Cogta MEC Sipho Hlomuka not to build houses along riverbanks and crossing low-lying bridges.
The residents of Ladysmith and Msinga have been evacuated since most of them were heavily affected by the floods. The evacuations implemented by The Kwazulu-Natal Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta).
On the statement released about 70 residents have been evacuated from Ladysmith and moved to an indoor sports centre till they flood decreases. The department together with non-government organisations are working together to provide affected residents with basic needs while they are at the sports centre.
UThukela river in the town of Msinga has also left people affected as it overflooded leaving people stranded. The recent wet weather has left a lot of damage and 25 people have lost their lives and one person is so far missing. People lost their lives due to lightning and some drowned. The department has suffered a damage of about R3.3 billion worth of infrastructure.
The department has started pumping out water from people’s home so that they can go home and rebuild what has been lost. 2068 households and people were affected’ 773 houses were totally destroyed, and 2095 houses were partially destroyed
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