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2016-07-28 06:00
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LARGE parts of the province and city were affected by the heavy rain and cold front which hit Durban and surrounding areas in the last few days.

So far reports reveal that four people have died due to flooding in many parts of the area.

Locally no fatalities have been reported but many residents complained of damaged properties.

At the weekend a woman and her two children escaped uninjured when their vehicle was swept off the bridge due to high water levels of the Tongaat River.

According to IPSS Rescue’s Paul Herbst the driver, who regularly uses the crossing, underestimated the current.

“She managed to get out the vehicle and carry her children to safety.

“IPSS Medical Rescue and Tongaat Fire were called out to assist with the incident,” said Herbst.

The fatalities around the province include were a pensioner in the Ugu district, two people who were electrocuted in Durban, and a Chatsworth woman whose car was washed away, Cogta MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube said.

Dube-Ncube said it was too early to estimate the damage caused.

She said municipalities would not resort to using section 36 of supply chain management regulations. It allows contracts to be awarded without going out to tender.

Repairs and any form of help would be procured through Cogta, disaster management centres, and the Disaster Management Act.

Heavy rain fell over KwaZulu-Natal since Sunday, mostly affecting Durban. Police and emergency services attended to a slew of incidents overnight, including accidents, landslides, and severe flooding in the city’s informal settlements.

North Coast residents who have been affected by water restrictions have been praying for rain for months.

However, the levels at Hazelmere, reports indicate the Hazelmere Dam level was at 42.73 per cent on Monday.

This is a small decrease from 43.07 per cent measured on Tuesday, 19 July. It is believed that the rains experienced over the past few days have yet to reached the dam.

Water restrictions in some areas will continue until the dam is at least 60 percent full. - Additional information from News24 and The Witness

For emergencies and flooding in Durban, residents should call the Disaster Management Centre on 031 361 0000.

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