By Palesa Xaba
Heavy rain in the eThekwini Metro over the weekend has resulted into some fatalities. The Durban Isipingo Beach situated just south of the Durban floods after heavy rain killing 2 children while 4 people are still missing. The floods have damaged houses and leaving hundreds of people homeless.
The eThekwini municipal spokesperson Thulani Mbatha said on Sunday the city’s emergency unit had been inundated with reports and had responded to a number of calls from residents needing assistance.
Affected areas include Isipingo, Umlazi, Chatsworth, Reservoir Hills, and Sea Cow Lake, where homes and roads have been damaged.
A number of families in informal settlements in Umlazi and a transit camp in Isipingo had to leave their homes as a nearby river burst its banks. Other areas affected by the floods are Marianhill and Dassenhoek near Pinetown, and Bonella. Emergency teams are on the ground assessing the situation to determine assistance required.
The South African Weather Service (SAWS) has issued a warning of heavy rain and flooding along the KwaZulu-Natal coastline after possible “record setting” rain in coastal areas over the past two days.
SAWA Jan Vermeulen, said the Durban South area recorded 190mm by 8am on Sunday. The KwaZulu-Natal average monthly rainfall for May is 59mm.
“This is a possible record for average daily rainfall in KwaZulu-Natal,” said Vermeulen.
The municipality of Durban have offered their assistance to the people who suffered the damages.
“We have dispatched teams to most areas that have been affected by the heavy rain. Our disaster management centre has also been activated to intervene in wards where people have been left destitute due to damage to their homes’’ said the eThekwini Municipality Major James Nxomalo.