The flooding started on Monday after heavy rain prompted mudslides in a number of cities in Durban, the most important metropolis in KwaZulu-Natal, authorities spokesman Lennox Mabaso instructed CNN.
“The areas most affected are Amanzimtoti, Chatsworth, Mariannhill,” Mabaso, who works for the provincial Cooperative Governance and Conventional Affairs division, mentioned.
Mabaso mentioned there have been reported incidents of collapsed buildings, partitions and flooded houses within the space.
He added that the South African Climate Service has warned there may very well be extra rains within the coming days.
“Now we have been instructed there’s 50 p.c likelihood of extra rain,” he mentioned.
Makeshift shelters and meals are being offered for these displaced from their houses within the aftermath of the flooding.
State-owned broadcaster SABC places the variety of these displaced at over 1000.
“We’re helping them to deal with this tragedy by means of counseling and different types of help like serving to to establish their relations which have handed on,” he mentioned.
The flooding additionally left three individuals lifeless within the Jap Cape province, SABC reported.
Greater than 300 individuals have been evacuated from their houses in Port Saint Johns, a city within the province, the report mentioned.
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa was pressured to chop quick his journey to the African Union (AU) summit in Egypt to go to the areas affected by the tragedy.
Ramaphosa, accompanied by Nomusa Dube-Ncube, a high-ranking member of the KwaZulu-Natal authorities, inspected the city of Amanzimtoti, which was badly hit by the floods.
He additionally visited the Jap Cape province and a site in Chatsworth where seven members of 1 household died when their dwelling collapsed through the flooding.
“Our hearts exit significantly to households and communities who’ve been straight affected by loss of life, harm and the lack of property,” Ramaphosa mentioned in a statement.
“This example calls on all of us to drag collectively as a rustic to succeed in out to affected communities and to assist alleviate their hardship.”