Trucks urged not to enter the Durban’s port amid floods, State of Disaster declared

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Durban’s Metro Police is urging trucks not to enter the city’s port amid the massive flooding in Kwazulu Natal. Scores of people have died in the floods.

Flood damage was caused to the M7 along Edwin Swales, south of Durban. Disaster management teams are busy clearing up the route.

Metro Police Spokesperson, Parbhoo Sewpersad, says the area remains off limits.

“The Edwin Swales area and the Bayhead area … we are urging to the truck owners and truck drivers to please stay away and form a holding point in a safe location on the N3. Currently, we have heard that at Cato Ridge Truck Stop, it is full. We are asking the owners and drivers to please not come for now toward the port,” says Sewpersad.

Meanwhile, President Cyril Ramaphosa has declared KwaZulu-Natal a state of disaster.

The President has linked the severe flooding in the province to climate change.

The president was speaking while visiting parts of KwaZulu-Natal that have been badly hit by flooding. He says well over a hundred people have died in the flooding that followed intense rainfall.

Ramaphosa says the government is coordinating its response to the massive damage and losses caused by the floods.

The president was speaking at Ntuzuma in KwaMashu.

Ramaphosa has assured residents in KwaZulu-Natal affected by the damage caused by heavy rains the that Government will assist those affected.

President Cyril Ramaphosa visits areas affected by floods in KwaZulu-Natal:

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