New floods occurred this weekend after two days of torrential rain, this happened on the country’s east coast. The situation is complex: a few hundred people have been forced to leave their homes. No casualties at the moment, but the material damage is important.
Parts of cut roads, broken bridges and overturned cars: several districts in the urban area of Durban are totally disfigured by the rain that has fallen in the last two days. The treatment plant is damaged, several areas are inaccessible and look like “islands”, the KwaZulu-Natal Prime Minister explains.
There is no more electricity. Several residents remained stranded at home. Like Kevin Govender: “The water and mud rose to the second floor of my building … We could not get out,” this resident told AFP. We had to wait for help to come.
Nearly 250 people were evacuated preventively during the night from Saturday to Sunday.
The rescue work continued throughout the weekend. 82 shelters were opened in a hurry to receive the victims.
The army has been mobilized to come to the aid of firefighters and the police, who are in high demand.
At the end of April, heavy rains claimed nearly 450 victims. The president then triggered a state of natural disaster.