At least 21 people have died as a result of heavy rains in KwaZulu-Natal, as a storm system batters South Africa.
According to the provincial Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta), the stormy weather caused significant damage.
“Last night, the weather conditions worsened significantly across KZN and the heavy rain culminated in various parts of the province, claiming at least 21 lives and 32 patients in and around Durban. Over 2 000 emergency calls were logged last night,” MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube said in a statement.
News24 earlier reported that five people had been killed in mudslides in the province.
‘It’s been crazy’
Paramedics were busy responding to reports of injuries related to the flooding.
“It’s been crazy,” Garrith Jamieson, operations director for Rescue Care told News24 on Tuesday.
“I’m at a rescue now, still trying to find bodies,” he said from Chatsworth, where nine people went missing.
“We attended to several incidents related to flooding and damage this morning,” ER24 spokesperson Russel Meiring told News24.
“We were in Amanzimtoti, where a man was in a home when it partially collapsed, and he sustained injuries,” he added.
The South African Weather Service issued warning for severe rain and strong winds along the east coast of the country.
“Heavy rainfall, which might lead to localised flooding, is expected over the Ugu DM, Ethekwini DM, Mkhambathini LM, uBuhlebezwe LM today,” read one of the warnings.
The weather is known as a cut-off low and will move south east, SAWS forecaster Mbavhi Maliage told News24.
“The main low is over the Northern Cape and it’s going to move over the Eastern Cape and out of the country.”
The weather should settle by Thursday.
“As it [the storm system] exits the country, it’s going to drag the weather with it,” said Maliage.
Credit : News 24