Flooding kills driver in KZN

2009-03-01 00:00

Torrential rains that battered the province this weekend wreaked havoc in Stanger, as swollen rivers swept cars away killing one man.

The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) in Durban partnered up with eThekwini Fire and Rescue Services, Police Search and Rescue, KZN Emergency Medical and Rescue Services and Netcare 911 in response to the multiple reports of vehicles being swept away due to flooding in the area.

NSRI communications officer Craig Lambion said an overturned vehicle was discovered in the flooded Inviviana River. “The vehicle was turned over with the use of a crane and one male was recovered from the vehicle and declared dead on the scene by paramedics,” he said.

Search and rescue teams are searching for a missing person who was reportedly washed away from the same vehicle before their arrival.

En-route to the Invivinia River, three overturned vehicles were discovered in another river.

“On investigation it was discovered that all three vehicles had been washed away unoccupied from a car rental dealership,” said Lambion.

Emergency services were then dispatched to attend to another incident in the area where a vehicle was reported to have been washed away, but police were able to confirm that no one was found inside the vehicle.

The Durban Weather Bureau said provincial rainfall for February has been higher than normal.

Pietermaritzburg, which averages 118 mm of rain in February, has recorded 124,8 mm of rain for February this year. Durban has also surpassed its standard February rainfall measurement by recording 144 mm instead of the usual 113 mm rain.

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