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This week on The Story. News24 journalists recount the horrors they witnessed during the flooding in KwaZulu-Natal.
This week on The Story. News24 journalists recount the horrors they witnessed during the flooding in KwaZulu-Natal.
Kayleen Morgan
  • After heavy flooding claimed hundreds of lives this week, a state of disaster was declared in KwaZulu-Natal.
  • The South African Weather Service has forecast more rainfall over the Easter Weekend.
  • On Wednesday, President Cyril Ramaphosa visited the stricken province and described it as a "catastrophe of enormous proportions".

Devastating floods caused by torrential rains wreaked havoc in KwaZulu-Natal this week. Hundreds of people have been killed by the resultant floods and landslides. 

It's been described as one of the worst floods in the province on record.

News24 journalists were dispatched to the scenes of devastation, and this week on The Story, they recount the horrors of what they saw.

News24's senior political journalist Juniour Khumalo and multimedia journalist Kayleen Morgan joined forces to provide eyewitness accounts of the tragedy unfolding on the ground.

Khumalo said the Pinetown area, west of Durban, was one of the worst affected areas.

He described the scene as "carnage", with weather conditions hampering rescue operations.

Khumalo and Morgan travelled on roads that had already caved in, risking their lives, to bring News24 readers the story. Khumalo said, "it was unreal to drive down roads that were littered with bodies".

The pair also came across a father who refused to leave the side of his dead child.

"He kept looking at the child, lifting the sheet as if to make sure he was comfortable," Khumalo said.

Morgan said seeing the devastation first-hand was heartbreaking. Many people remain missing, and the death toll is expected to rise.

"You're driving, and you just see bodies on the side of the main road. Loved ones don't even have time to deal with this trauma or be visibly distraught. They're just thinking, how are we going to pick up from this."

She said navigating roads that were partially caved in, was terrifying.

"That reality that any moment now, this very road I'm driving on could cave in. I could lose my life. You lose the journalist hat, and realise that could be me too."


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