Relief efforts kick off in areas north of Durban

Relief efforts kick off in areas north of Durban

KwaZulu-Natal Disaster Management says it's bringing in about two thousand members to assist with relief efforts in the north of Durban - after heavy rains caused flooding last night.

KwaMashu storm damage
Nushera Soodyal

So far two people - a man and a young child - have been confirmed dead after their car was was swept away.

Rescue teams are continuing the search for a woman who was with them in the car, as well as for two other people who're believed to have got into trouble in Verulam last night.

Scores of people from KwaMashu, Amoati, Verulam and Inanda have had their homes damaged by the floods. 

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This woman says they haven't had power since last night. 

She says their furniture has also been destroyed.

"We didn't even see the time. Everything happened so fast - the water started getting into the house. Everything was flooded - the table, couches - everything," she said.

Many of the affected families are being temporarily housed at a local hall.

Cogta MEC, Nomusa Dube-Ncube says their teams will remain on the ground until the situation is calm.

"We are here with the teams from the drainage infrastructure, water and cleaning. They are all here now. We are here to ensure that they are starting to work. The teams from disaster have also started to work. They are going house to house profiling each family to see what kind of support is needed." 

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