Violent storm and wind hit KZN

2017-10-19 06:01

RESIDENTS along the KwaZulu-Natal coasts - north and south - are reeling at the damage caused by a massive storm that hit the province on Tuesday.

A Dawncrest resident, Gary Naidoo will have costs to bear after his neighbor’s retaining wall collapsed onto his house.

“My son was at home when the wall collapsed, but fortunately no one was injured. Two rooms and the furniture that was inside were affected. It will cost me more than R200 000 to repair my house.”

Other parts of Tongaat and Verulam were also affected and strong winds uprooted trees along roads.

Ward 58 councillor Geoff Pullan said: “It seems as if the south of Durban was most affected. Even the harbour was affected. Our streams and rivers are flowing much better, but a great deal of litter will be washed into the sea.

“The lifeguard lookout platform at Westbrook Beach fell down after wind broke the rope holding it.

“There were no injuries reported in ward 58.”


At the time of going to press spokesperson for Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Lennox Mabaso said there were six people who died on Tuesday. The officials were due to visit all the affected area yesterday before releasing the official statement with the total number of people who died.

Two people, a mother and daughter died at Mshiyeni Memorial Hospital in Umlazi after a wall collapsed on them.

However, South African Weather Service predicted that the heavy rain will not continue this weekend. Weather forecaster Aslam Sardiwall told the Weekly: “We are not expecting heavy rain this week. The residents can start to mop up.”

According to media reports, a toddler from a crèche in Umlazi was swept away by the floods.
The severe storms started in Gauteng on Monday before it spread to Durban on Tuesday.
Roads were closed and electricity supply was interrupted in other parts of Durban.

In Tongaat and Verulam pupils were sent back to their homes by 12pm. Some of the shops at the Tongaat CBD also closed before 1pm.


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