The weather in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) has claimed three lives and injured several others this week.

KZN dangerous weather claims lives

The heavy rainfall has posed a serious threat to the lives of residents in KZN, especially communities in Inanda, Ugu, Ilembe and uMkhanyakude.

According to the spokesperson of Life Response Ambulance Services, Leon Fourie, the continued rainfall is causing landslides, threatening families who live in vulnerable housing structures.

“There were two structures that collapsed in the mudslide. A third structure is being threatened. They [officials] have asked all the [people living in] houses – around approximately ten properties surrounding the collapse – that they have to evacuate,” Fourie told ECR news

So far, the KZN wet weather conditions are responsible for at least three deaths and five injuries. The incidents happened in Inanda, eTafuleni and Ngungumane. They all involve a house that collapsed while there were people in it.

Fourie revealed that the communities have been evacuated and local government is doing what it can to find shelter for displaced families.

“It was a very sad state to see people now being put out in this rain and have got nowhere to go. Local community leaders were there trying to find alternative accommodations these people,” he added.

Spokesperson of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta), Senzo Mzila, has urged residents affected by the wet weather to practice extreme caution and avoid vulnerable structures.

“The department is also urging residents to be cautious while the on-going weather is posing a serious risk, especially to those on the road. Travellers or whether it be pedestrians or motorists, the acting MEC is also appealing that is experiencing this weather to remain calm.”

Weather update for Friday, 13 December

By the looks of things, it does not seem likely that the heavy rainfall will dissepate anytime soon.

Readings published by the South African Weather Service (Saws) warn that severe thunderstorms are expected over parts of Amajuba, Uthukela, Umzinyathi, Western Umgungundlovu and western Harry Gwala with a possibility of strong winds, hail and heavy downpours from 14:00.

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Presh JM Reporter

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