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Durban storm: Death toll rises to four in KZN

Another person has lost their life as a result of the Durban storm.

Durban Storm - Container collapses on car in Bayhead

A former police officer was killed after a container fell onto his car in the Bayhead area earlier. 

KZN police spokesperson, Thulani Zwane says the man had been in his vehicle with an off duty officer when the incident occurred. 

The other occupant of the vehicle was rushed to hospital with severe injuries. 

"A container from a truck blew off and fell on top of their vehicle. A former police officer died instantly. An off duty officer was rushed to hospital for treatment. We are going to open an inquest docket and the matter will be investigated further," he says.  

It brings to four the number of people who have been killed in KZN in the last 24 hours due to severe weather.

This morning, a municipal worker died when a wall she was using as shelter from the stormcollapsed on the Durban beachfront.

A 46-year-old man also drowned while trying to cross a river this morning.

Local government officials say an eight-year-old girl was struck by lightening last night outside her home last night.

Durban flooding

READ: PICS: KZN roads, homes completely flooded

Co-operate Governance spokesperson Msawakhe Mayisela says more disaster management teams have been dispatched to various parts of the province to coordinate relief efforts in areas worst affected by the severe weather.

"We are experiencing horrible weather in the province of KZN. In the eThekwini Municipality, we know that there are heavy downpours. 

"As a result, there is localised flooding. Please exercise caution, more especially those driving on our roads. The weather is very bad. We are pulling all the stops to ensure we minimise incidents we lose their lives," he says. 

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For emergencies, you can contact these disaster management representatives. 


  • Provincial Disaster Center:  0800 005133
  • Ethekwini:  0834615073 - Mr V Ngubane
  • Ugu:  0823324000 - Mr Makhosi Mgobhozi
  • uMgungundlovu: 0828860747 - Lindiwe Serero
  • Uthukela: 0763318177 - Bongi Hlomuka
  • uMzinyathi: 0828422859 - Mzwandile Hadebe
  • Amajuba: 0836041904 - OT Hadebe
  • Zululand: 0828132925 - Sipho Dlamini
  • uMkhanyakude: 0769253252 - Sfiso Ngema
  • King Cetshwayo: 0726252983 - Thabo Mlambo
  • Ilembe: 071 879 7155 - Sfiso Gqubula
  • Harry Gwala: 0828057892 - Thandi Dzanibe

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