South Coast KZN flood death toll rises 

By Celani Sikhakhane

The deadly floods that shook the South Coast of KwaZulu-Natal on Sunday killed five people in Margate, wreaking havoc and destroying infrastructure in many areas. 

On Tuesday, the office of KZN Premier Nomusa Dube-Ncube confirmed that five people were killed by the heavy rain and flooding.

Three people drowned when the vehicle they were travelling in was washed away, another was struck by lightning and the fifth victim fell from a roof trying to escape the raging water. 

Additionally, two people were reported injured in the Umgababa area, south of eThekwini.

The famous Shelly Beach beachfront was destroyed.

“It saddens us that so many people’s lives were suddenly torn apart by the floods that swept through these communities,” said Dube-Ncube. 

“The government of KwaZulu-Natal is with them at this hour. We also share in the loss of those whose properties and businesses were partially or totally destroyed.”

On Tuesday, DA KZN premier candidate Chris Pappas visited the families who lost their loved ones during the floods.

Dube-Ncube said provincial disaster management teams were on the ground activating mop-up operations.

“In the past 24 hours, two members of the executive council have been to Margate to assess the extent of property damage and evaluate the immediate needs of the communities,” she said. 

“They are also providing oversight on the mop-up operations as our emergency response teams are working to provide the required aid.”

Pictured above: The damage in Margate caused by Sunday’s deadly floods. 

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