The devastation caused by heavy downpours and thunderstorms in KwaZulu-Natal has many asking whether South Africa is better prepared to anticipate and mitigate the impact of the effects of climate change.

SABC News visited the community of Empolweni in KZN that was recently hit by a tornado.

The tornado left two people dead many houses destroyed. Residents are still trying to pick up the pieces and move on from the devastation.

WATCH: IS SOUTH AFRICA BETTER PREPARED TO ANTICIPATE AND MITIGATE THE IMPACT OF THE EFFECT OF CLIMATE CHANGE? 

KZN is becoming more and more prone to natural disasters. Inclement weather patterns have become a regular occurrence in the province. In 2007, high tides hit the KZN coast line, Durban being the most affected. Six people were killed and some shops were completely destroyed.

In 2019, strong rains, lighting and strong winds have killed over 100 people.

SABC visited some KZN areas affected by natural disasters in KZN.

 

WATCH: KZN COMMUNITIES AFFECTED BY CLIMATE CHANGE