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09 May 2016

Heavy rains cause Durban’s Isipingo beach to flood

Selene Brophy (Traveller24, News24)

Isipingo Beach. Photo Credit: M. Moolla

Heavy torrential rain in the eThekwini metro over the weekend has proven fatal after two children were reportedly killed in the floods in the uMlazi and Chatsworth area, with the Isipingo estuary situated just South of Durban also flooding.

Several areas in the eThekwini metro have been affected, as the South African Weather Services warns of a 60% chance of rain for certain parts, saying an estimated 126mm of rainfall in the Durban south and central areas and 92.8mm in Virginia between 8PM on Saturday and 8AM on Sunday.

Emergency services were on high alert due to the torrential rain that has displaced hundreds of people. A car was also submerged and one man needed to be rescued after his shack collapsed due to a mudslide.

More heavy rain has been forecast for the region as the South African Weather Service issued the flood alert for the areas between St Lucia and Port Edward, as a 60% chance of rain is forecast.

According to a video posted to YouTube by M Moolla, “Water was coming from the Umlaas Canal after overnight heavy rains” on Sunday evening, causing the estuary to flood.

“Initially the mouth was closed, residents tried to open the mouth using spades since the floods were life threatening. Thereafter the river mouth naturally got wider and water gushed forth into sea,” Moolla says.

 

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