Severe weather leads to more deaths in KZN

Henry

The heavy rain and thundershowers that fell over the festive period in KwaZulu-Natal have now led to the death of 40 people. A total of five people are still missing.

The provincial Department of Cooperative Government and Traditional Affairs says the death toll has risen over the past few days while rescue teams have been assessing the extent of the damage.

Meanwhile, the inclement weather continues in various parts of the province.

Three people recently drowned in the Harry Gwala district and two farm workers were struck by lightning in Bergville.

Search and rescue teams have also already discovered the bodies of two people in Ladysmith. According to the department, the deceased’s identity will be confirmed with the help of DNA testing.

The continuing rainfall resulted in a total of 74 people sustaining all kinds of injuries.

About 800 houses were damaged, of which 247 were completely destroyed. The damage affected more than 4,000 people and left a total of 47 people homeless.

“The department is in contact with all those affected, and is providing the necessary support as part of our disaster management efforts,” says Bongiwe Sithole-Moloi, MEC of cooperative government and traditional affairs in the province.

“I would also like to thank our rescue teams, who continue to work tirelessly to locate those reported missing.”

Sithole-Moloi warned that the heavy rain is expected to continue in the next few days, and urged the residents of the province to be vigilant.

“Those who drive must be careful and in no way try to cross rivers,” she warns.