KZN Cogta confirms two deaths in eThekwini storm

KZN Cogta confirms two deaths in eThekwini storm

KwaZulu-Natal's local government authorities have confirmed that at least two people have died following yesterday's heavy rains, which have affected parts of eThekwini's northern and outer west areas. 

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Nushera Soodyal

They say the bodies of a man and a 6-year-old child have been recovered after the vehicle they were in was swept away last night.

The police's Search and Rescue Unit is still looking for a woman who is believed to have been travelling with them.

Rescuers are also searching for two men who were swept off a bridge in a separate incident in Verulam.

"We have been given a report that confirms two fatalities so far. We are on our way to see the family. We will be able to know from the police the update once we reach the families," Cooperative Governance MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube said. 

KwaMashu residents say the heavy rains that flooded their homes left them fearing for their lives and the lives of their families.

About 100 families on Amanzimtoti Road have been left destitute after their their homes  were damaged after the rains clogged the drainage system on the street.

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Newswatch arrived on scene earlier to find angry residents emptying out buckets of mud and water from inside their homes.

Members of disaster management and EPWP were also on scene assessing the damage. Those with complete damage to their homes have been moved to a local hall.

One resident who spoke to Newswatch says she came home last night to find both her children stuck inside her flooded house.

"We don't even know how we can cook or what to eat. When I came home, to try and take the children out [of the house] - I got stuck because it was full of water. I tried to come out of a hole [in the ground] but got hurt." 

Another resident says his 2-month-old niece and other family members had to be rescued from their home.

"The baby was taken out by the window in the kitchen. So was the mother. We all came out, from that window."

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