5 dead, millions in damage after KZN floods

2016-07-27 14:39
The body of a man is pulled from the mud after a landslide. (Police Search and Rescue)

The body of a man is pulled from the mud after a landslide. (Police Search and Rescue)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Durban - The KwaZulu-Natal co-operative governance and traditional affairs department (Cogta) on Wednesday said floods had now claimed five lives and caused millions of rands in damage.

"The extreme weather has so far claimed five lives and many other people have been left homeless and destitute in the wake of the worst floods to hit KZN this year. The flood damage is running into millions of rands," Cogta said in a statement.

Cogta said that a significant number of communities had lost their homes and belongings and infrastructure had been seriously damaged.

"Government across all spheres is providing a co-ordinated response to the situation."

PICS: Weather plays havoc in SA

Cogta MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube said departmental resources were running thin.

"Our resources have been stretched to capacity but we are coping thanks to our well-trained and well-equipped disaster management teams. All of them are doing sterling work on the ground, responding to every call for help."

Dube-Ncube and eThekwini mayor James Nxumalo are expected to visit Chatsworth, Verulam and Umlazi on Wednesday where flooding has led to fatalities and extensive damage to infrastructure.

Heavy rains hit KZN on Sunday and Monday resulting in flooding throughout Durban and the eThekwini region.

Police search and rescue officers and other emergency service personnel attended to a slew of incidents, with landslides and severe flooding reported at various informal settlements around the city.

Read more on:    durban  |  weather  |  floods

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Financial advisors – Do you need one and should you get one?

The good, the bad, and everything else you need to know when considering hiring a financial advisor.


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.