As KwaZulu-Natal continues to experience heavy rains causing flooding in the region, more than 200 people were evacuated from their homes on Saturday evening.
MEC for Cooperative Leadership and Traditional Affairs to this Sipho Hlomuka province gave an update saying the rains continue to wreak havoc.
“Overnight the province once again experienced some of the worst storms which were accompanied by flooding which led to the destruction associated with such situations. We have yet to receive a full and comprehensive report on the impact of these recent heavy rains, but as reports come in, a worrying picture is emerging,” Hlomuka said.
The MEC told the SA Weather Service (SAWS ) forecast the storm will move up the coast and hit King Cetshwayo and Mkhanyakude districts on Sunday.
Hlomuka said the province has received level 10 early warnings from the weather service for disruptive rains forecast for the Hluhluwe , eThekwini, Jozini, KwaDukuza, Mandeni, Maphumulo, Mkhambathini, Mthonjaneni, Mtubatuba, Ndwedwe, Nongoma, Ulundi, Umdoni, Umhlabuyalingana, uMhlathuze, uMlalazi and uPhongolo.
So far, the greatest impacts are expected in the municipal areas the coastal and northeastern parts of the province.
He said the heavy rains have caused flooding of roads and human settlements and damaged land treacherous, with several roads around Pinetown and surrounding areas temporarily closed due to flooding.
Several roads and bridges in eThekwini, notably uMdloti, La Mercy and others, were also affected and road users were urged to to be vigilant.
“We understand that some areas are inaccessible and have become islands at this stage. Water levels are being closely monitored in various flood-prone areas in order to take appropriate action.
“As the number of calls to the dispatcher has increased, the department has called on the SANDF for urgent operations to the northern parts be dispatched from Durban. The subway police and fire departments are helping with water pumps and roadblocks where roads are affected,” he said.
Hlomuka said there are currently 82 care centers with a capacity of 3,186 people.< /p >
The Westbrook Nursing Home has been evacuated. A total of 190 people were evacuated and the fire brigade helped to pump water into the hall.
Hlomuka said iLembe district was severely affected as several households were left homeless and the road network infrastructure suffered
In King Cetshwayo, the walls of a house collapsed due to heavy rain and winds.
“A family of nine living in a one-bedroom house was moved to another house after damage is moving her house,” Hlomuka said.
He said relief efforts are ongoing to ensure all community centers housing displaced people receive adequate relief, social support services and medical assistance.
< p>Each community has been tasked with identifying and allocating community halls to be used as emergency shelters.
“Sector departments and other stakeholders (NGOs) have been advised to review their respective contingency plans e.g u activate to ensure the damaged public infrastructure is repaired immediately,” he said.