At least four people have been killed in the inclement weather that has ravaged KwaZulu-Natal with the search still continuing for a fifth person, officials said on Tuesday.
KwaZulu-Natal’s cooperative governance and traditional affairs MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube said at a press conference that a 62-year-old woman in Ugu District Municipality on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast was killed as a result of the weather.
A further two people were electrocuted by “dangerous wires” in Durban’s Cato Manor area while a mother of two was killed in Chatsworth when her car was washed away.
A search is currently under way for a 62-year-old woman in Durban North, whose car was found in Glen Anil Street on Monday night.
Kyle van Reenen, spokesman for Marshall Security, said a search by air and ground using dogs had failed to provide any indication of the 62-year-old woman’s whereabouts.
It’s feared that she may have been washed away by flood waters when she got out of her car after experiencing mechanical difficulties cause by the rain.
Dube-Ncube said that the worst-hit areas were Bhoboyi and Umdoni on the KwaZulu-Natal south coast near Port Shepstone as well as several parts of Durban in area such as Amanzimtoti, Inanda.
Ntuzuma, KwaMashu, uMlazi and Yellowwood Park. It has been reported that the entire central business district of Amanzimtoti has been flooded.
“Disaster and emergency teams had to work through the night to evacuate residents whose homes were flooded and to clear roads and thoroughfares that had become potentially dangerous for road users.”
She said the focus of disaster management teams were low-lying areas and informal settlements.
“Residents are asked to monitor the impact of extreme weather in their areas and report all imminent disasters to their councillors or the provincial authorities.”
She urged members of the public to heed warnings issued to the public by the authorities.
“We are frustrated when we hear reports of motorists who have attempted to drive across flooded roads despite all the available warnings. Everytime someone drives into floodwater, they are not only putting their lives at risk but also those of their rescuers.”
She said snow in the province’s interior had forced the closure of a number of roads.
The R56 between Kokstad and Matatiele as well as the R74 between Bergville and Harrismith and the R617 between Underberg and Boston had been closed.
The eThekwini Metro Municipal spokeswoman said that the city’s disaster management units had attended several incidents in the city.
There were several mudslides around the city, with two people being buried in one of them in the Mayville area. They survived their ordeal.
She said that there were also several incidents where walls collapsed and in one of those an Umlazi resident was seriously injured.
It was still raining in Durban with a thunderstorm late on Tuesday, but the weather is expected to clear on Wednesday.
– African News Agency (ANA)