National 26.7.2016 08:32 am

EMS on high alert to rescue KZN flood casualties

North Coast Road. Photo: Northglen News

North Coast Road. Photo: Northglen News

A man rescued from a tree and two women from waist-high water in a building are among the many incidents caused by flooding in KwaZulu-Natal.

As rain continued to fall heavily on Monday night, emergency management services had their hands full in rescuing people from flood waters.

The Crusader's sports ground. Photo: Northglen News

The Crusader’s sports ground. Photo: Northglen News

Talking to ENCA this morning, KZN Emergency Medical Services spokesperson Robert McKenzie said that the coastal district was most affected and it was still raining in the south coast this morning. He described how emergency services were on high alert during the night and that disaster management teams were activated in the districts to remove people from low-lying flood areas. Many of these people were taken to shelters overnight, he said.

McKenzie also said that the management services had seen many incidents in which cars had rear-ended the cars in front of them, and he urged motorists to increase the following distances between themselves and the cars in front.

ER24’s blog describes how paramedics rescued two women from a flooded building in Amanzimtoti’s CBD yesterday afternoon. The building was flooded past waistheight, but the women escaped without injury.

Northcoast Courier reports how, yesterday afternoon, a security guard was rescued from a tree on a farm outside Umhlalie on the north coast of KZN, which he had climbed to seek refuge from the rising flood water.

IPSS medical Rescue’s Dylan Meyrick said: “He took shelter from the water in a nearby tree and had been stuck there for about two hours before the call went out to IPSS and SAPS K9 Search and Rescue.

“K9 Search and Rescue used an inflatable raft to recover the man from the tree. He was very cold, but all in all, in good condition.”

he SAPS K9 unit set out to rescue a security guard who climbed a tree to escape the flood in Umhlali. Photo: IPSS Medical Rescue

The SAPS K9 unit set out to rescue a security guard who climbed a tree to escape the flood in Umhlali. Photo: IPSS Medical Rescue

Two women are also reported to have gone missing last night in the flood conditions. One women allegedly went missing after her vehicle was pulled into the river by the strong current during the heavy rain.  It is believed the rain caused a bank along Silverglen Drive to collapse, reports Rising Sun Chatsworth. Police and other relevant authorities have launched a search for a woman.

The vehicle, which was pulled into the river. Photo: Rising Sun Chatsworth

The vehicle, which was pulled into the river. Photo: Rising Sun Chatsworth

A woman from Sunningdale also allegedly went missing while on her way home yesterday evening, Northglen News reports. Her car, with its keys, wallet and cellphone were recovered at the bottom end of Glen Anil Street. Marshall Security as well as Sun Cell NHW have been assisting the search.

Northglen News further reports that, according to Umgeni Water, Durban experienced 40 millimeters of rain, which increased the levels at the Hazelmere Dam to 42.73%.

Watch how flood water affected traffic yesterday evening:

The SA Weather Service is reporting there is a 60% chance of rainfall for KZN today.

Here’s a look at today’s weather for KZN, according to the service:

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