23.1.2020 07:28 am
The boy’s mother, who cannot be named to protect his identity, says he’s been stunned into silence, and that the sound of water traumatises him.
It is a week later and the sound of water traumatises him.
Forecasts suggest more harsh weather is on the way.
Tuesday’s quake was the strongest of a series of tremors that have shaken the island since December 28, topping Monday’s 5.8 quake.
Residents of Greyton, a small town in the Overberg, had to quickly evacuate their homes after gale force winds pushed the fire to their doorsteps.
Meanwhile, Cogta MEC Sipho Hlomuka announced that disaster management teams would remain on standby following a warning of severe thunderstorms.
Three people have been killed after several houses collapsed in Inanda, Durban, following heavy rains.
The number of people believed to have died in Monday’s disaster now stands at 16.
The official death toll after Monday’s explosion on White Island stands at six, with police listing another nine as missing.
Residents living near the river had previously been warned to evacuate the area to avoid putting their lives at risk, but they said they had nowhere else to go.
With her three-year-old child on her back, her 16- and 10-year-old children on either side, Margaret Ngobeni waded through the raging water.
Both of the deaths reported so far occurred in Soalala, which was flooded after the dam gave way.
A fire gutted 97 shacks, leaving 164 people homeless in Jika Joe Informal Settlement in Pietermaritzburg at the weekend.
Cogta Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma says another person was also electrocuted in Soshanguve but it has not yet been confirmed if it was a result of the wet weather.
Relatives of the missing face an agonising wait to discover the fate of their loved ones as police say conditions remain too dangerous for recovery teams.
Current reports indicate that approximately 500 people, mostly residing in informal settlements, have been displaced, and that Tshwane is the worst affected.