Rains:misery for those in mud houses

2012-09-08 00:00

THOUSANDS of residents in the Zululand District were left homeless after their dwellings were washed away by heavy rains this week.

Mud houses were swept away and residents had to be accommodated in local community halls and tents.

Zululand District Municipality spokesperson Skhumbuzo Miya appealed to people with block homes to take in their neighbours who have unsafe mud houses.

Areas including Nongoma, Phongolo and eDumbe were also affected, and houses were washed away in the Durban townships of Umlazi and Isipingo.

The torrential downpours also washed away uThugela District Municipality’s water pipeline yesterday. Ladymith had 110 mm of rain on Thursday.

Deputy water services manager Glen Singh said repairers would have to wait for clear weather to fix it. He said they hope to have it repaired by tomorrow evening.

Jayne Ferguson of the South African Cane Growers’ Association said cane growers welcome the rains, after North Coast growers in particular have been battling drought.

Weather SA forecaster Stacy Colborne said the weather is expected to be drier in most areas this weekend.

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The province’s dams showed high capacity levels after the rainfall:

• Albert Falls Dam 68.27%

• Inanda Dam 99.49%

• Midmar Dam 80.86%

• Hazelmere Dam 93.2%

• Mearns Dam 78.15%

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