Home partially collapses due to rain in La Mercy, north of Durban

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The house that was affected by the road collapse.
The house that was affected by the road collapse.

A house in La Mercy was partially destroyed on Tuesday morning, after heavy rains caused a storm water pipe to collapse and wash away half the road.

According to Tongaat Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) spokesperson, Nazir Sadack, the pipe gave way which caused the water to gush onto a property and wash away a lot of soil. This caused the foundation of the house to partially collapse.

Sadack said that eThekwini services were at the scene attempting to stabilise the house and restore water to the area.

Councillor of the area Geoff Pullan said that he believes the cause of the pipe collapsing was heavy rains on Monday night.

“It [pipe collapse] has taken half the road, and the family have left their two kids with friends in South Beach Road, and they will probably stay with them tonight, and a few nights until the city has a chance to fix it up,” said Pullan.

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