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Ladysmith under water after dam bursts

The biggest Eskom dam in Ladysmith has contributed to the devastating floods that sank the city centre on Sunday.

The rain started last week Wednesday but grew heavier Sunday and eventually burst the Klipriver dam. An overwhelming flow of water travelled down from Ingula dam and breached the dam.

The Ingula dam, otherwise known as the Ingula Pumped Storage Scheme, is run by the power supply company.

The breached dam led to severe flooding in Ladysmith. Job seekers and vendors who stay in temporary shelters had to flee the city centre as their residential structures rapidly flooded with water.

On Monday, people were forced to use mini boats to get access to essential services and supplies, such as food from shops that were not affected in the upper land of the town. 

Bongeka Ntuli told reporters that she was supposed to go back to Durban on Monday. 

“I’m no longer going because there’s no way I can get out of town because even the taxis are not working and the shops are flooded. I will wait until the water gets low,” said Ntuli. 

Alfred Duma Local Municipality mayor, Zamokuhle Sibisi, said about 80 people were evacuated to a place of safety. 

“We have spoken to Eskom authorities about this issue and they promised to cooperate. On this occasion they said it was beyond their control due to heavy rain and the Ingula was already full beyond its capacity, ” said Sibisi. 

The recent heavy rains have recently affected many places in KZN, including Umsinga, Umngeni, Durban, Pietermaritzburg, Ndwedwe, uMkhanyakude among others.

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