KwaZulu-Natal Premier Willies Mchunu says the infrastructure damage in light of the devastating floods in the province is currently estimated at R1, 1 billion.

He declared Thursday a provincial day of mourning for the victims of the floods that ravaged the Durban metro and other parts of the province.

Mchunu has announced that the official death toll now stands at 70, with two more people still missing in Durban.

In eThekwini more than 1 400 people were displaced and about 200 homes damaged.

Briefing the media in Durban, Mchunu said a memorial service would be held in the city on the day of mourning.

“We invite all citizens, interphase formation and all sectors of society to participate in this day of prayer and mourning. The main event will take place at Curries Fountain Sports Field this coming Thursday from 09:am more details will be announced in due course,” says Mchunu.