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Five, including one-year-old perish in KwaZulu-Natal floods

A one-year-old baby is among the five that died in Mtubatuba after storms caused significant damage in parts of KwaZulu-Natal.

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The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) has confirmed that five people including a one-year-old died in Mtubatuba following adverse weather conditions in the province.

The South African Weather Service had issued an orange level 6 warning for disruptive rain and severe thunderstorms for KwaZulu-Natal at the weekend, urging residents to prepare for possible flooding.


KZN COGTA spokesperson Siboniso Mngadi said MEC Bongiwe Sithole-Moloi, will visit the affected families to convey her condolences in Mtubatuba.

“The MEC will further conduct an assessment of the extensive damages in the area, where several homes were destroyed by the thunderstorm. As the rains caused damage in various areas in the province, including Eskom power lines, schools, and roads infrastructure, MEC Sithole-Moloi will also provide an update based on the assessment conducted by the Provincial Disaster Management Team,” he said.

On Sunday, Mngadi said the storm tore roofs off houses and caused damage to infrastructure, including power cables, roads, bridges, and vehicles.

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“Up to now, more than 70 houses in Somkhele and KwaMyeki areas in Mtubatuba have been identified as destroyed. Some houses suffered complete damage, rendering families homeless. Community halls and churches have opened their doors to the public, while others have sought alternative accommodation with relatives.

“There are also reports of damaged vehicles, and in certain areas, Eskom poles and cables are scattered across roads and people’s properties,” he said.

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Some of the damage caused by the adverse weather conditions in KwaZulu-Natal. Images: KZN COGTA.


Furthermore, Mngadi said in the Harry Gwala District, the Greater Kokstad Municipality experienced heavy rains and a hailstorm in Pakkies Location. Approximately six households were affected, with no reported fatalities, injuries, or displaced individuals.

“In Umzimkhulu Municipality, heavy rains in Madakeni location affected four households, with no fatalities reported at this stage. In the Umgungundlovu District, about 23 households in the Rosetta Informal settlement under Mpofana Local Municipality were affected by the hailstorm last night.

“In Ulundi, under Zululand District Municipality, a block of rental rooms was blown away by strong winds last night, with no reported injuries,” he added.