The situation in KwaZulu-Natal is once again starting to look like something out of a science fiction movie. Craters in the ground and buildings almost completely washed away as a result of mudslides. While a Red Level 10 Weather Warning is already in place for the province, there was some hope that it could be reduced. Now, the SA Weather Service has confirmed that that won’t be the case.
KZN floods: Red Level 10 warning extended
The SAWS have confirmed that rainfall will persist over part of KZN until at least Monday. That rainfall will remain on heavy Red Level 10 levels until at least 11PM on Sunday night. The weather service warns that due to the vulnerability of some of the areas, severe impacts may occur.
“Widespread showers and thundershowers are expected across KZN as a result of cut-off low associated with a surface high pushing in moisture over the eastern parts of the country. Some stations recorded significant rainfall amounts in the past 24-hours and models indicate that rainfall will continue today.”SA Weather Service
SAWS says the storm reaching Red Level 10 levels means it will pose “a danger to life” due to fast-flowing streams. Widespread displacement of affected communities and widespread mudslides and rockfalls will lead to damage to property.
Unfortunately, the weather service has already been proven right on the damage to property front.
BLOCK OF FLATS WASHED AWAY IN UMDLOTI
Several residents in Umdloti north of Durban have been left homeless. Part of a block of flats in a complex in the area washed away. Heavy rainfall and mudslides led to the ground collapsing around and under the buildings.
The entire Surfside complex has also had to be evacuated as a result of the damage from the KZN floods
Emergency Search and Rescue officials are carrying out operations in the area. It is not yet clear how many people have been injured or killed.
Video of the scene shows several huge craters where the ground has completely collapsed.