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By Faizel Patel

Senior Digital Journalist


At least five dead after heavy rains and tornado hit KZN

Roofs were blown off and trees fell on electricity lines after a tornado hit Tongaat, north of Durban, which has recorded the most incidents.


At least five people have died in KwaZulu-Natal as heavy rains, accompanied by strong wind and hail storms, continue in some parts of the country.

The fatalities were recorded on Monday in eThekwini, where roads have been flooded, with significant damage to infrastructure to electricity power lines and roads.

Watch the tornado in Tongaat, north of Durban

Tornado

There has also been extensive damage to infrastructure, households with roofs blown off, and trees falling on electricity lines after a tornado hit Tongaat, north of Durban, which has recorded the most incidents.

eThekwini Municipality spokesperson Gugu Sisilana said other areas around Durban, including Umgababa, Durban Central, and the western parts of the city, also experienced heavy rainfall, leading to flooding of some households and roads.

β€œThe strong winds also affected communities in the Amajuba District and Umzinyathi District, where houses were damaged by the strong winds in Newcastle, Dannhauser, Nquthu, and surrounding areas.

β€œThe disaster teams are currently assessing the extent of the damages while providing immediate reliefs including accommodating displaced residents in government buildings,” Sisilana said.

ALSO READ: WATCH: Tornado hits Tongaat in KZN, causing extensive damage

Relief

Sisilana added the provincial government, through the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, has coordinated the disaster team from affected municipalities to provide temporary shelter to those who may need it.

β€œPublic facilities have been opened as safe havens for the affected communities as the assessment continues. Roads are being cleared using TLBs to ensure that rescue workers are able to attend to the injured.”

β€œKwaZulu-Natal Premier Nomusa Dube-Ncube is expected to lead a government delegation on Tuesday to visit Tongaat for assessment and provision of disaster relief.

Gift of the Givers

Meanwhile, Gift of the Givers teams have been deployed in Tongaat where the Tornado struck and destroyed a number of homes and schools in the area.

Gift of the Givers said there are currently over 1,200 people displaced as disaster risk management teams commence assessments.

β€œCommunity members are being placed in shelters. Gift of the Givers  will be distributing urgent humanitarian aid at Fairbreeze Secondary School. Power and cellphone towers are down and many roads inaccessible,” the NGO said.

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