Jan 27, 2023

Mawazo Writing Africa

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Properties, roads, bridges swept away by floods in uMdloti as KZN buckles under more torrential rains

The small resort town of uMdloti on the north coast of KwaZulu-Natal was devastated by floods that damaged millions of rand’s worth of property after more than 30 hours of rain.

KwaZulu-Natal Ambulance Service spokesman Robert Mckenzie said uMdloti was “the hardest hit” by the floods.

“uMdloti and its surroundings have been severely affected…there has been localized flooding throughout the district , but it’s nothing catastrophic like that, but uMdloti has been badly affected,” said Mckenzie.

He said they had had no reports of deaths or missing persons.

Telecom and power infrastructure were also reportedly badly damaged by flooding and severe mudslides.

Ant Tulleken, a Capetonian who was visiting uMdloti for the weekend, told TimesLIVE that the rain started on Friday night and didn’t stop until around 8am on Sunday with many people evacuating their homes on Saturday.

“We had 36 hours of rain, it was quite heavy… a lot Multimillion-fringe homes need to be completely demolished.” Tulleken said.

He said roads had been damaged, cutting off parts of suburbs and leaving some residents on something that now resembles islands.

“Roads have been destroyed. Part of that community has now been cut off from people trapped on the other side,” Tulleken said are cut off from bringing food due to damaged roads and bridges.

“Some people can’t enter or exit their homes on the north side of uMdloti now,” Tulleken said.

< p>TheSA Weather Service warned of torrential rain from 3:00 p.m. Saturday to 11:00 p.m. Sunday, which could cause widespread flooding of streets and communities, threatening lives and communities in KwaZulu-Natal would evict.

Meanwhile, the Municipality of eThekwini has warned residents to be extra vigilant and its Metro Police Department has activated a contingency plan as more rain is expected. span>

Last month President Cyril Ramaphosa declared a national disaster in response to the floods that devastated KwaZulu-Natal and parts of the Eastern Cape.

KwaZulu – Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala said last week that about 30,000 manufacturing workers are out of work due to last month’s floods that have killed 448 people.

“This means that workers could be without pay for about three months,” Zikalala said. “When you say jobs, we mean they’re people who haven’t been able to go back to work because their companies haven’t reopened yet,” he added.

Zikalala updated the media with the latest Developments as the province continues to clean up.

One of the hardest hit manufacturing plants was automaker Toyota.

He also said although contractors have been hired to build 1,810 are temporary housing units housing flood victims across the province, progress has been slowed by land determinations.

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