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22 May 2022

Durban ravaged by May floods

(Southlands Sun) Picture: Durban has been hit again by flooding devastation after a massive cold front struck the city this weekend. Disaster management teams have started evacuating residents due to the level of damage expected from the heavy rains.

Provincial disaster management teams have begun evacuating residents from sections of the city that have been hit hard by what people are now referring to as the ‘May floods’. The city is currently experiencing torrential rains, and many areas have already flooded, with roads collapsing or obstructed by fallen debris, and cars being lifted from the ground.

The disaster management teams are working around the clock to evacuate residents from dangerous locations and to cordon off unsafe roads. The KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala urges citizens to be cautious.

“We wish to sound warnings to all our communities, especially in the southern part of Durban, the Durban Basin, which includes areas such as uMlazi, Wentworth, Isipingo, Amanzimtoti, Westbrook, as well as areas in the northern part including uMdloti and Tongaat,” he said.

Marine Parade outside Grosvenor Court in Durban Central is completely flooded.

Photo: Submitted. Stapleton Road in Pinetown is cordoned off, and the road has been closed due to flood damage.

Photo: Submitted. Caversham Road in Pinetown has been closed due to flood damage.

The coastal area of uMdloti has once again been struck by flood devastation.

Search and rescue personnel are out in full force in uMdloti to assist residents affected by localised flooding.

The Municipality is appealing to communities living near river banks to monitor the rivers and evacuate immediately if they notice the river rising.

According to Zikalala, the inclement weather will move towards the north coast, affecting areas such as Richards Bay and Empangeni from tomorrow.

You can contact the Disaster Operations Centre, by calling 033 8973963 or 066 4752308