One killed and homes, infrastructure destroyed in northern KZN flash floods

Flash floods in Jozini

One person has been confirmed dead in flash floods in Umkhanyakude Municipality, Northern KwaZulu-Natal following heavy rains. At least ten homes and infrastructure has also been damaged.

The municipality’s Mduduzi Dlamini says areas that include Jozini, Hlabisa, and Umhlabuyalingana have been worst-hit by localised flooding.

He says the flooding of the access road near Jozini bridge – has caused major traffic delays. While parents are being urged to keep a close eye on children that walk to school.

Flooded road in Jozini. Pic: Supplied

“Jozini and Hlabisa schools have been affected mostly. We have advised that school kids mustn’t cross the rivers at this moment,” Dlamini says.

Dlamini says their joint operations committee together with various KZN departments are implementing disaster relief efforts.

“We have at least supplied more than five households with tents, blankets, stoves and gas. The Department of Social Development will will today be supplying food and the like to ensure people are catered for. If it’s pressing – we will remove people from their homestead to their nearest hall in order to deal with this issue,” he says.

Richards Bay, Empangeni and Mthunzini are some of the areas that have also experienced heavy rainfall.

So far, officials have confirmed one fatality.

Co-operative Governance spokesperson in KZN, Msawakhe Mayisela says a young girl drowned while trying to cross a stream on her way home from school.

“There are certain areas that are not accessible because of flooding – certain roads have been closed and a number of bridges remain submerged. We have dispatched our disaster management teams and we continue to monitor the situation,” he says.

Mayisela says some roads and bridges are still underwater and is urging people to be careful.

The South African Weather Service says rainfall has been forecast there until Thursday.

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