At least 3 die in KZN storms


KwaZulu-Natal’s disaster management teams responded to several fatal incidents after heavy rain on Friday evening in several areas in the province.

According to the provincial Department of Cooperative Government and Traditional Affairs, three districts namely Harry Gwala, Umgungundlovu and Umzinyathi were the worst hit. Crews provide disaster relief and work with search and rescue teams.

A man died in Thelaphi near Dundee when his car washed away on a flooded bridge. A vehicle with two occupants also washed away in the Cabhani River in the Harry Gwala district. Search and rescue teams responded quickly to the incident. The vehicle was found, but both occupants were deceased.

A house was destroyed by heavy rain in Willowfontein, Pietermaritzburg. Children were injured in this incident.

Bongiwe Sithole-Moloi, MEC for collaborative government, expressed her condolences to the families. She urges all communities to be vigilant during stormy weather conditions.

“We are concerned that we are still experiencing loss of life through car accidents that could have been prevented. We appeal to motorists and pedestrians not to cross rivers in flood. Most of our rivers have already overflowed their banks. Low-lying bridges also pose a serious danger. We request all people traveling to wait until the water level drops.”

More rain is expected in different parts of the province.