Feb 7, 2023

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From weather warnings to infrastructure damage — a brief timeline of the latest floods in KZN

KwaZulu-Natal Prime Minister Sihle Zikalala is leading the provincial government’s disaster relief efforts and assessing the extent of damage caused by flooding in parts of the province.

< span> Areas he visited included Bluff, uMdloti and Westbrook where property and infrastructure were damaged and residents had to be evacuated over the weekend.

Residents in parts of the Province had been on high alert since the municipality of eThekwini issued a flood warning last week. It states that local residents, particularly in low-lying areas, must exercise caution as they are at high risk.

Here is a timeline of events to date:

Weather Alert – Thursday

Msawakhe Mayisela, spokesman for eThekwini Municipality, said Mayor Mxolisi Kaunda had ordered disaster relief personnel to be on standby keep.

He said Residents living in low-lying areas have been advised to evacuate to safer areas as mudslides are expected. span>

The SA Weather Service said flooding could cause significant damage.

Heavy rains – Saturday

As heavy rains hit the province on Saturday, Cooperative Leadership and Traditional Affairs MEC Sipho Hlomuka warned residents from crossing sunken bridges.

Durban Beach, uMngeni and Bluff were some of the areas where damage was reported as a result of torrential rain. Hlomuka said the government has made community halls available for residents who need shelter.

Residents at risk evacuated – Saturday

Zikalala said , some residents were said to have been evacuated from their homes due to local flooding on Saturday night.

Alerts have been issued for residents in the southern and northern parts of Durban including Umdloti, Tongaat, Umlazi, Wentworth and Amanzimtoti.

Zikalala’s family among those evacuated – Sunday

The Prime Minister’s family was evacuated from their home in La Mercy after all the surrounding streets were washed away.< /p>

” I went out with my three boys, Ntobeko, Awande and Sandiswa.

“But none of this would have been possible without the support and prayers of the one true Nelly Zikalala,” he said .


Properties, roads and bridges washed away – Sunday

< p>TimesLIVE reported that multi-million rand properties in Umdloti were destroyed after 36 hours of heavy rain.

Robert Mckenzie, spokesman for the KwaZulu-Natal Ambulance Service, said the area was badly hit. He said they had received no reports of dead, injured or missing.

“uMdloti and its surroundings have been badly affected. Local flooding has occurred throughout the district, but it is nothing catastrophic. However, uMdloti is badly affected,” he said.

Clean-up work begins – Monday

Zikalala is on site assessing the extent of the damage, before reconstruction can begin. He said work to rebuild parts of the M4 that were badly damaged would begin soon.

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