United Kingdom Queen Elizabeth II says she is deeply saddened by the recent floods that engulfed KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) and their impact.
KZN was struck by heavy downpours earlier this week that saw people lose their properties and caused destruction of vital infrastructure. The death toll currently sits at 395.
QUEEN ELIZABETH SADDENED BY KZN FLOODS
In her statement, the Queen touched on the tragic loss of life and destruction caused by the recent floods in KwaZulu-Natal province.
“My thoughts are with all those who have lost their lives, their loved ones, homes and businesses.
“The United Kingdom stands in solidarity with South Africa as you recover from these terrible events.”
DEATH TOLL INCREASES
KZN Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC Sipho Hlomuka said the death toll has since increased to 395 from the 341 fatalities reported on Thursday, 14 April.
Approximately 40 723 people have been displaced by the flooding and destruction across the province.
Hlomuka provided a breakdown of the number of fatalities by district in KZN. The eThekwini Metro is the most affected with over 350 deaths.
Here is the breakdown:
- EThekwini – 355
- Ilembe – 28
- Ugu – 6
- King Cetshwayo – 4
- UMzinyathi – 2
The figure is expected to continue to rise as relief and recovery operations continue in KZN.
More inclement weather is also expected over Easter weekend as “persistent rain” is forecasted.
More torrential rain is heading towards the province over the Easter weekend. The SA Weather Service (SAWS) issued a yellow level 4 rain warning for KZN.
A cut-off, low depression system is forming on the east coast, and with that strong winds and heavy rainfall is expected before the end of the public holidays. The KZN floods, it seems, are not done yet.
According to the weather service, a cold front is expected to pass through KZN on Friday afternoon and it will be followed by a ridging high-pressure system with a steep upper trough.
“Strong south-westerly winds, as well as scattered showers and thundershowers, are expected, becoming widespread on Saturday.”