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21 May 2022

Heavy rains wreak havoc across Durban

(Berea Mail) Picture: After a day of heavy rains across Durban, videos of flood damage have already begun surfacing on social media.

Heavy rains continue to wreak havoc and cause major blockages on roads. According to the KwaZulu-Natal provincial government, disaster management teams are working around the clock to direct traffic to alternative routes. This comes just over a month after April floods claimed more than 450 lives and left 40 000 people displaced.

The eThekwini Municipality is also on high alert and is advising Durban residents to remain indoors and drive cautiously on the roads. The South African Weather Service has advised that the status of the weather warning level has increased to level 10. The intensity of the rain is expected to only subside tomorrow on Sunday, May 22.

According to a statement released by the eThekwini Municipality, it is expected that water levels on the roads and rivers will increase.

Videos of certain areas in Durban that are flooding have already started pouring in on social media. Click on the links below.

The City is warning residents to be cautious and to take note of the following:

Water is high on the Isipingo on-ramp north-bound on the left lane.

On the south-bound on-ramp at the airport, water is high on the left side.

Water is also high just before the Platt Drive traffic lights on the left. And water is also high at the transit camp.

There is a significant amount of water on South Coast Road joining Blamey Road west-bound to Montclair.

There is water and mud on the M7, in both directions, between N3 and Hans Detman.

Water is filling up in Caversham Road where the temporary repair was made.

Stapleton and Eden Roads in Pinetown have flooded along with the Stapleton Road off-ramp from the M13. These roads are now closed.

Motorists are warned not to use the M7 due to mudslides and moving water across the roadway.

Only the right lane is open, going towards the M4 south-bound, leaving Margaret Mncadi Avenue (Victoria Embankment); all other lanes are filled with water.

Only one lane is open in the vicinity of the old airport.

Avoid uMngeni Road as it is filled with water.

Tara Road and Quality Street in the South Durban Basin are flooded.

Bridges over Mountbatten and Varsity Drive on M19 are flooding.

Avoid Florence Masing Road behind UNISA.

Avoid the N3 towards the CBD as there is lots of water.

Avoid Cope Road, on the lower end of Alpine Road off Sydenham.

Disaster and Emergency Services can be contacted on 031 361 0000

See online article for videos.