KZN rain brings relief and damage

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The KwaZulu-Natal dams have received at least 50 millimetres of rainfall in the past 24 hours.

Forecasters measured the total rainfall speed at a staggering 80%.

However, as much as the rain brought some relief, flooding left several roads closed and some homes damaged in KwaDukuza on the north coast.

The Disaster Management Team in KwaZulu-Natal is counting the costs of the damage caused after gale-force winds and heavy rain lashed the province.

Some roads were flooded and some homes destroyed in the greater KwaDukuza municipality.

The South African Weather Services says there are no more rains expected.

Forecaster Wiseman Dlamini says, “In areas around Durban and surrounding they received about 20 millimetres with areas around Mt. Edgecomb, Durban North about 28 mm and around Tongaat are about 40 millimetres. Further in the North Coast we received about 49 mm, areas especially around Mbazwana and surroundings especially along the coast there might not be might a difference but it could make one or two percentage for those areas. There won’t be really much rainfall for KZN province between now and Monday.”

KwaDukuza Municipality spokesperson Sipho Mkhize says they have had their hands full attending to flooding cases across the region.

Mkhize says they are expecting the full report from their disaster teams who are still on the ground to ascertain the magnitude of the damage.

Meanwhile, Provincial Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs say there are no major incidents that have been reported so far, but the department’s disaster management teams are still out there to ascertain the damage.

Spokesperson Musawakhe Mayisela has reiterated the department’s warnings to those who reside in low lying areas.

“Following the heavy downpours that we are seeing all over the province of KZN there aren’t any incidents that have been reported but we continue to monitor the situation. Our disaster management teams are on high alert. North and south of the province, we are urging our people more especially those who are in low lying areas to be extra cautious on the roads. We are pulling all the stops to ensure we minimise incidents whereby our people lose their lives.”

The SA Weather Services says there is no further rainfall expected, but clear skies across the province throughout the weekend.