Deaths & Agony in KwaZulu-Natal as Torrential Rains, Flood Sweep the Province

The rains are here again, and KwaZulu-Natal is having the worst of it. The floods are everywhere in havoc, and residents are screaming for help.

Several homes have been affected, and according to reports, some people have been swept by the flood. 

Apart from homes, companies have also been seriously affected by the flooding, including MTN. A statement by MTN spokesperson, Jacqui O’Sullivan, indicated that about 500 network sites of the telecommunication company had been shut down due to the flooding. Although some of these sites have battery backup, they have been depleted, according to O’Sullivan. 

Alarmed by the scale of destruction by the flood, Martin Meyer of the Democratic Alliance had called on Premier Sihle Zikalala and his CoGTA MEC, Sipho Hlomuka, to declare a state of disaster in the area. 

According to reports, some crooks have taken advantage of the flood to loot some businesses, further adding to the agony of those stuck and just can’t get away. 

Emergency rescue personnel have been on alert, though, performing rescues in helicopters. 

According to Paul Herbst of Medi-Response, his team had undertaken search and rescue operations in areas around Durban South and extracted people to safety using helicopters. 

There appears to be no reprieve yet, as Gauteng Weather warned earlier today in a tweet that forecast indicates more thunderstorms and torrential rains.

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