Coast KZN

10 May 2016

Teams assess Durban damage after flooding

(Daily News)

Torrential rains in KwaZulu-Natal over the weekend saw four areas break May downpour records for a 24-hour period, the South African Weather Services said. Photo Credit: Motshwari Mofokeng, Independent Media.

Disaster management teams have been deployed to parts of Durban after flooding left more than 300 people homeless, at least six dead and two others missing, presumed drowned.

The pair, a child and a woman, were washed away while trying to cross a bridge in Crossmoor, Chatsworth.

A third day of searching for them proved futile for police who also had to contend with illegal electricity connections and weakened banks, which left some informal dwellings in precarious positions.

Chatsworth councillor, Jayraj Singh, said it was in situations like these where more people’s lives were endangered because of illegal electricity connections.

“This area has a serious problem with illegal connections and we have been appealing to people to desist from doing so. We are still working towards locating the families of the missing people,” he said.

Almost 70 families in 129 homes were affected by the torrent and needed shelter, clothes and meals.

Areas where homes and roads were damaged are Reservoir Hills, Sea Cow Lake, Amaoti, St Wendolins, Siyanda in KwaMashu and Lamontville.

Those displaced are being accommodated at community halls in their respective areas.

At least six people were killed in separate incidents at the weekend as a result of the rain.

KZN MEC for Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Nomusa Dube-Ncube, said there could be more rains coming to Durban.

“We will continue with our early warning support whenever we foresee danger. We ask our communities to co-operate with the instructions of our disaster management personnel. It is, however, important to indicate that we are in full control of the situation and so far we are swiftly and successfully responding to all the reported incidents,” she said.

eThekwini mayor, James Nxumalo, said emergency and disaster teams were concluding assessments and would release a report this week.

“We will then allow mop-up operations to start and our medium- to long-term measures will be implemented.”