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eThekwini Mayor: "The response team had to act quickly to help our people"

"We're working with the government to try and recover what has been damaged" - Councillor Kaunda.

Pinetown storm damage

Residents in and around Durban were on Wednesday morning assessing the scale of the devastation of the previous afternoon's storm. 

Read more: Durban residents assessing storm damage

According to ECR News Watch, videos began emerging in the afternoon of rough winds and heavy downpours after forecasters published a level 2 storm warning for eThekwini. 

The footage shows a weather event which appears to be a tornado barrelling through the area. 

On the show, the Breakfast team wanted to have a conversation with an official who could clear up what transpired on Tuesday. 

So they got a hold of eThekwini Mayor, Councillor Mxolisi Kaunda, to discuss where the municipality is with regards to recovery from the hectic storm. 

Here's the full interview of the mayor answering questions from Darren Maule and Sky Tshabalala:

Storm in Inanda June 2023
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According to news reports on IOL, one person has passed away after their informal home in Mayville washed away, while two other people drowned after their car washed away in a river on Caversham Road in Pinetown.

Andrew Mathois from Marshall Security spoke about the matter involving those who passed away. 

Read more: Disaster management teams descend on storm-hit Inanda

"Due to the extensive rise in flood water on Tuesday and the safety of the rescuers it was decided to do a rescue at first light and sadly the occupants of that vehicle passed away and there is a body recovery in process," says Mathois.

There were several other reports of localised flooding in the area.

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