Several days of heavy rain has led to flooding in parts of KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) Province in South Africa. Over 100 mm of rain fell in Durban in 24 hours, 14 to 15 May, 2017.
Dozens of flood rescues have been carried out and hundreds of people have evacuated their homes. One person is feared dead after his car was swept away in a flooded river in Umzinyathi District.
KZN Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Department (COGTA), which is responsible for disaster prevention and management, said that teams are intervening across the province, following the extreme weather induced by the cold front.
At least 22 people were rescued after they became trapped inside bus in flood water near Nseleni, outside Richards Bay. Swift responses by the disaster teams from King Cetshwayo municipality and uMhlathuze ensured that all passengers were rescued to safety.
Emergency and disaster teams had to respond to a number of traffic incidents, mostly as a result of people driving in flooded areas. In a statement yesterday, 15 May, COGTA said that “We are still frustrated by some people and drivers who attempt to drive across flooded roads despite all the warnings we are issuing.”
The N2 freeway at Zinkwazi‚ north of Durban‚ was partially closed early on 16 May after flooding.
The preventative evacuation of at least 200 people in Mzingwenya near Richards Bay was also carried out successfully and the communities are being assisted with all emergency needs until the situation is safe for them to return to their homes.
Around 10 houses are thought to have been completely destroyed in the floods and heavy rain in uMzumbe municipality (2 houses), in uMdoni (6 houses), in uMuziwabantu (2 houses), all in uGu District.
COGTA said that, as of 15 May, there were no reported fatalities as a result of the bad weather in the province.
Local media however are reporting that a teacher is presumed dead after his car was washed away by a flooded river in Nquthu, in Umzinyathi District of KwaZulu-Natal. It’s believed the 40 year-old teacher was trying to cross a bridge when his vehicle was swept away.
Rainfall figures from WMO for a 24 hour period, 14 to 15 May 2017.
- Charters Creek – 125 mm
- Mandini – 133 mm
- Durban International Airport – 101 mm
- Mount Edgecombe – 75 mm
- Port Edward – 65 mm
- Margate – 60 mm
Rain continues over KZN, Gauteng, Mpumalanga tonight. Heavy rain warning with flooding in north-eastern KZN to continue. pic.twitter.com/49F2LHsjxE
— SA Weather Service (@SAWeatherServic) May 14, 2017
In these wet & rainy conditions, please drive carefully!
INCREASE FOLLOWING DISTANCE
HEAD LIGHTS ON pic.twitter.com/wu7ACYTTQb
— KZN EMS (@kznems) May 14, 2017
Car swept away by raging flood waters, 3 people rushed to hospital. Mtuze area, Gugushe River bridge in the King Cetshwayo distict pic.twitter.com/3Tg7ra2jW3
— KZN EMS (@kznems) May 14, 2017
Featured photo: Mtuze floods, South Africa. Credit: KZN EMS
B - uMzumbe
C - uMdoni
D - uMuziwabantu
E - Nseleni
F - Nquthu
Charters Creek - May 14 to May 15, 2017
Mandini - May 14 to May 15, 2017
Durban International Airport - May 14 to May 15, 2017
Mount Edgecombe - May 14 to May 15, 2017
Port Edward - May 14 to May 15, 2017
Margate - May 14 to May 15, 2017
Port St Johns - May 14 to May 15, 2017
Nquthu - May 14 to May 15, 2017
Fatalities reported in Nquthu, Amanzimtoti (south of Durban) and the uMhlathuze River near eMpangeni.
uGu District - May 14 to May 16, 2017
Mzingwenya - May 14 to May 16, 2017