South Africa – Storm Leaves 8 Dead, Record Rain in Durban

Severe weather including strong winds, hail and heavy rain, have left at least 8 people dead and caused severe damage in KwaZulu-Natal province in South Africa over the last 2 days.

Two people were reported killed in the storm in Nquthu and six casualties have been reported in the Durban area.

South Africa Weather Service reports said that torrential rain fell in Durban on 11 October. As much as 108 mm fell in 24 hours, breaking the previous record high of 105mm set in October, 1985.

Elsewhere, 144 mm of rain fell in Paddock, Kwazuzlu-Natal in 24 hours to Monday 10 October. The next day Mount Edgecombe recorded 69 mm of rain, Pennington South 68 mm and Paddock a further 81 mm.

Dozens of buildings were damaged and local authorities say that at least 500 people have been displaced across the province. Many of the displaced communities have been temporarily accommodated in community halls and buildings.

KwaZulu-Natal Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) said, “Disaster teams have been working throughout the night. We had to assist people in evacuating them to safety.”

Some of the worst affected areas include the Bluff, Jacobs, Montclair, Glenwood, Umlazi, Merebank and Isipingo, according to local media.

In Durban, drivers were left stranded as several roads were flooded. Some areas were under as much as 1.5 metres of water. One of the worst hit was the N2 which was flooded after a nearby river broke its banks.

Flooded roads in Durban, October 2017. Photo: KwaZulu-Natal province EMS

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Flood Summary

Last updated: October 11, 2017
Event
KwaZulu-Natal Province, South Africa, October 2017
Date
October 9 to October 11, 2017
Type
Flash flood
Cause
Extreme rainfall

Locations

A - Durban
B - Umlazi
C - Bluff
D - Jacobs
E - Montclair
F - Glenwood
G - Isipingo

Magnitude

Rainfall level
144 mm in 24 hours
Paddock, Kwazuzlu-Natal - October 9 to October 10, 2017
Rainfall level
108 mm in 24 hours
Durban - October 10 to October 11, 2017
Previous record high was 105mm set in October, 1985.
Rainfall level
69 mm in 24 hours
Mount Edgecombe, Kwazuzlu-Natal - October 10 to October 11, 2017
Rainfall level
68 mm in 24 hours
Pennington South, Kwazuzlu-Natal - October 10 to October 11, 2017
Rainfall level
81 mm in 24 hours
Paddock, Kwazuzlu-Natal - October 10 to October 11, 2017
River level
3.6 metres
Umbilo, Kwazuzlu-Natal - October 11 to October 11, 2017
River level
1.7 metres
Palmiet, Kwazuzlu-Natal - October 11 to October 11, 2017
River level
3.3 metres
Toti, Kwazuzlu-Natal - October 11 to October 11, 2017

Damages

Fatalities
8 people
October 10 to October 11, 2017
At least 2 victims died in flood water. Other fatalities caused by wind damage and lightning strike.
Evacuated
500 people
Kwazuzlu-Natal - October 9 to October 11, 2017

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