Durban – Some residents have been compelled to evacuate their properties within the northern parts of KwaZulu-Natal on the weekend, due to to heavy rain and severe flooding introduced on by tropical storm Eloise.
This follows quite a few stories of heavy rain within the uMkhanyakude district and in parts of King Cetshwayo and Zululand districts, mentioned KZN MEC for Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Sipho Hlomuka.
On Sunday, a household from Ward 6 in eMthonjeni, Jozini, had to be evacuated after their residence was flooded, Hlomuka mentioned.
“In this case, the family requested to be moved to their relatives who reside in a safer part of the area.”
Another household from the Abaqulusi space in north-western KZN narrowly escaped after their home collapsed within the early hours of Monday. Two individuals have been injured.
“The injured were immediately taken to the hospital and have since been discharged,” Hlomuka added.
He mentioned stories from the South African Weather Service indicated that dangerous climate was anticipated to proceed all through yesterday, with heavy rain anticipated within the uMkhanyakude district, an space the place the bottom is already saturated.
Hlomuka urged residents within the Big Five, Hlabisa, Jozini, Mtubatuba and uMhlabuyalingana municipalities to tune in to their radio stations for updates on Eloise.
In Mpumalanga province, Eloise broken the N4 motorway between Elandshoek and Ngodwana, in accordance to toll route managers Trans African Concessions (Trac).
This resulted within the road being closed off on Sunday.
According to a Trac assertion, the Ngodwana space skilled 160mm of rainfall between Saturday and Monday, which resulted in flash floods, uprooting of timber and injury to the highway’s infrastructure.
“After the heavy rainfall on Sunday, a stream crossing underneath the N4 through a culvert flooded over the road. This resulted in the road fill material underneath the road surface being washed away, which caused the road surface to subside,” mentioned Trac chief government Alex van Niekerk yesterday.
Van Niekerk mentioned all highway customers ought to use an alternate route, primarily Schoemanskloof, as a detour.
African News Agency (ANA)