In KZN, More than 200 people were evacuated from their houses on Saturday night as KwaZulu-Natal continues to face severe rains that are causing flooding in the area. Sipho Hlomuka, the province's MEC for co-operative governance and traditional affairs, issued an update, saying the rain is still wreaking havoc.
Overnight, the province was hit by some of the strongest storms in recent memory, which were accompanied by floods, culminating in the devastation that such events bring. We have yet to receive a full thorough report on the impact of the recent severe rains, but reports are painting a gloomy picture," Hlomuka said.
The SAWS expects that the storm will travel up the coast on Sunday, affecting the districts of King Cetshwayo and Mkhanyakude, according to the MEC.
The meteorological service issued level 10 early alert warnings for Hluhluwe, eThekwini, Jozini, KwaDukuza, Mandeni, Maphumulo, Mkhambathini, Mthonjaneni, Mtubatuba, Ndwedwe, Nongoma, Ulundi, Umdoni, Umhlabuyalingana, uMhlathuze, uMlalazi, and uPhongol
So far, the province's coastal and north-eastern regions are predicted to be the hardest hit.
He added the severe rains caused flooding on roadways and in human settlements, as well as property damage, with several roads in Pinetown and the surrounding areas being temporarily closed due to floods. Several highways and bridges in eThekwini, including uMdloti, La Mercy, and others, have also been impacted, prompting road users to be cautious.
We understand that some locations are inaccessible at this time and have become islands. Water levels are being regularly monitored in certain flood-prone areas so that suitable actions can be taken.
As the number of calls to the control center has grown, the department has requested that the SANDF be deployed to the northern portions of Durban for immediate assistance. Where roads are damaged, the metro polic and fire departments are aiding with water pumping and traffic closures, he said.
According to Hlomuka, there are currently 82 care centers with a total capacity of 3,186 people. The retirement village of Westbrook was evacuated. A total of 190 individuals were evacuated, and a fire department unit assisted with water pouring into the hall.
According to Hlomuka, the iLembe district was severely hit, with several homes being displaced and the road network infrastructure being damaged. The walls of a home in King Cetshwayo fell owing to severe rains and wind. A family of nine living in a one-room house has been relocated due to house damage, Hlomuka said.
It has been urged that sector departments and other stakeholders (NGOs) execute their separate contingency plans to guarantee that the damaged public infrastructure is repaired as soon as possible, he said.
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