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    ICYMI: KZN rain warning increased to RED LEVEL 10 as roads wash away

    The South African Weather Service (SAWS) increased its disruptive rain warning for KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) to red level 10 on Saturday.

    Initially, there was a yellow level 4 rain warning which was also increased to an orange level 5. Switching from a yellow to an orange warning means that more damage to infrastructure is expected, and the potential for fatalities is rising but red is more dangerous.

    The current level 10 red warning was in place from Saturday, 21 May at 15:00 until Sunday, 22 May at 23:59.

    FLOODS, MUDLSIDES AND ROADS WASH AWAY IN KZN

    The weather service said widespread showers and thundershowers are expected across KZN as a result of a cut-off low associated with a surface high.

    “Some stations have recorded significant rainfall amounts and models indicate accumulations of more than 20mm in some places along the KZN coast.

    “Considering the vulnerability of some of these areas after recent events, severe impacts can be expected over areas and north-eastern parts of KZN on Saturday and Sunday.”

    SAWS

    The eThekwini Municipality has warned residents to avoid at all cost the the North Beach Road in Umdloti, KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) as heavy rain is starting to wreak havoc in the province.

    The entrance into Umdloti is flooded and from videos shared online by the eThekwini Municipality, mudslides can be seen gushing through homes in the area.

    According to Medi Responses search and rescue unit, together with SAPS SAR, SAPS divers, and the NSRI, responded to several incidents on Saturday evening. 

    “We were on the scene in the Desainager area, where a roadway has washed away, taking with it a vehicle. The driver of the vehicle was lucky to escape unharmed.” 

    Furthermore, the Medi Response operations control center has received numerous calls for localised flooding, mainly in the Tongaat area. 

    ALSO READ: WATCH: Mudslides gush through homes in Umdloti, KZN

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