Wednesday, April 24, 2019

KZN Floods: Death toll expected to rise with more people trapped under rubble

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DURBAN – Provincial authorities have confirmed that the current death toll from torrential rains that ravaged KwaZulu-Natal since Monday night is 32.

Co-operative governance and traditional affairs spokesperson Senzo Mzila said on Tuesday that 23 deaths were recorded in Durban and nine others died outside the city with the figure set to rise.

The death toll is expected to rise with more people trapped under rubble.

Heavy rains have battered parts of the province resulting in housing infrastructure collapsing and roads being damaged.

Scores of residents in Durban have been displaced after their homes were damaged during the floods.

In a warning issued on Monday SA Weather Services said the heavy rains were set to continue until Thursday in provinces including the Western Cape, Eastern Cape and North West and reports of road accidents, deaths and damaged properties continue to pour in to social media platforms.

In Chatsworth, south of Durban, rescue workers recovered nine bodies on Tuesday after a mudslide destroyed the home of a caretaker at Westcliff Secondary School.

One survivor was admitted to hospital.

Speaking at the scene eThekwini mayor Zandile Gumede warned communities to avoid building homes in areas prone to flooding.