South Africa – Heavy Rain Causes Floods and Mudslides in KwaZulu-Natal

Update, 12 April 2022:

More flooding and fatalities were reported on 12 April after very heavy rain fell in the same areas. Margate, Durban, Sezela, Mount Edgecombe all received more than 300 mm of rain in 24 hrs to 12 April.

Local media reported one person died in a landslides in Westville, and 4 people died when a vehicle was swept away by floods in Tongaat. People were reported missing in floods in Molweni, Osizweni, Durban North, KwaNdengezi, Umbumbulu, KwaNcolosi and Ndwedwe.

As of 12 April the situation was developing. Severe weather conditions combined with damage to bridges and roads means authorities are unable to get an accurate picture of the scale of events.

Original report, 11 April 2022:

Heavy rainfall has caused flooding and mudslides in KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa. One fatality has been reported.

Floods in KwaZulu-Natal South Africa April 2022. Photo: KZN COGTA

According to South African Police Service (SAPS), a man died after rain triggered a mudslide in Umlazi township, located south-west of Durban, on 10 April 2022. Several dwellings are thought to have been buried or damaged and search teams were deployed to the area.

According to the KwaZulu-Natal’s Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Department (KZN COGTA), disaster management teams have responded to a number of other incidents, including mudslides in KwaDukuza and flooding in Ladysmith. There were also reports of flooding in coastal areas including Kingsburgh.

Durban recorded 91 mm of rain in 24 hours to 11 April 2022. As of 11 April warnings were in place for flooding and further heavy rain.