Death toll rises further after Ladysmith flash floods


The death toll has risen to at least 22 after the devastating flash floods in Ladysmith, KwaZulu-Natal.

According to the police, they are looking for at least four more people who have been reported missing. The provincial department of cooperative government and traditional affairs said earlier that the number of people who are missing has increased as more people have reported loved ones as missing to the police in the past few days.

Nomsa Dube-Ncube, Premier of KwaZulu-Natal, and Bongiwe Sithole-Moloi, MEC for collaborative government and traditional affairs in the province, are meanwhile in Ladysmith today to get an overview of the damage and visit the families of the deceased.

A devastating storm hit the area on Sunday evening and led to flash floods. Flashes of water swept cars off roads and trapped people in homes.

Among other things, Dube-Ncube and Sithole-Moloi visited the Msimango family who lost seven family members in the tragedy.

According to EWN, Vincent Msimango, his wife, two children, brother and two other family members died when the bakkie they were traveling in was swept away by floodwaters on a bridge over the N11 on Sunday evening.

Rozel Malaton lost her husband and two children after they were swept away by the Bellspruit River. Rozel survived by clinging to a tree, but the bodies of her husband, Kenneth, their nine-year-old daughter, Brooklyn, and their three-year-old son, Kale, were found by rescue workers in the week after the floods, reports EWN.