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Part of a block of flats was washed away last Saturday in KZN. Photo: Twitter @LifestyleTourist

‘Record high’: 260mm rain recorded in flood-ravaged Umdloti

Flood-ravaged Umdloti recorded one of the highest rainfall of 260mm when torrential rains battered KZN this past weekend.

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Part of a block of flats was washed away last Saturday in KZN. Photo: Twitter @LifestyleTourist

A record 260mm rainfall was recorded in flood-ravaged Umdloti in Tongaat, KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) this past weekend. 

KZN was once again battered with heavy rainfall which saw the South African Weather Service (SAWS) increase its disruptive rain warning to a red level 10. The warning was in place for both Saturday and Sunday. 


Several residents in Umdloti north of Durban were left homeless. Part of a block of flats in a complex in the area washed away. Heavy rainfall and mudslides led to the ground collapsing around and under the buildings.

An aerial video showing the extent of the damage to people’s homes and infrastructure in Umdloti has been shared widely online. 

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According to the KZN Provincial Government, a record 260mm rainfall was recorded in Umdloti which is one of the hard hit areas in the province. 

On Monday, KZN Premier, Sihle Zikalala together with eThekwini Mayor, Mxolisi Kaunda and other stakeholders visited Umdloti, Westbrook and other affected areas to assess the damage caused by the floods. 


A special operation was carried out in the KZN Premier’s suburb of La Mercy, forcing dozens of families and homeowners to seek shelter elsewhere. On this occasion, Sihle Zikalala and his family were humbled by the elements.

Zikalala took to social media and recalled how he was told to evacuate from his property on Sunday morning. Him and his three children left at dawn, following a safe route out of danger.

“Yesterday I worked till late midnight coordinating evacuation of people in danger of floods. Then later at dawn I found out that I, myself had to be evacuated as all roads around had been washed away.”

“We have been befallen without expectation. Thanks to Guma, Mathe and the teams. I also drove myself out with my three boys Ntobeko, Awande and Sandiswa. We thank everyone for their support.”

Sihle Zikalala

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