KZN floods: Death toll climbs to 443, at least 63 people missing

KZN floods: Death toll climbs to 443, at least 63 people missing

In another grim development from the KwaZulu-Natal floods, Premier Sihle Zikalala has revealed that the number of people who have lost their lives has risen to 443 – while at least 63 people remain unaccounted for.

Zikalala gave an update on the current state of affairs in the province, which has been rocked by devastating floods. Heavy rainfall has left behind a trail of destruction in recent days, prompting government to declare a state of disaster in KZN. More than 4 000 homes and other infrastructure have been damaged or washed away.

“The loss of life, destruction of homes, the damage to the physical infrastructure, the demolition of public buildings, and theconsequent damage to services combined to make this natural disaster one of the worst ever in recorded history of our province. We suspect the human toll and damage surpasses the 1987 floods which engulfed this part of the world

KZN Premier Sihle Zikalala

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“We wish to convey our heartfelt condolences and sympathy to the family of one of our search and rescue team member who was busy doing search and rescue at the Henley Dam. He experienced difficulty breathing and was airlifted to the Medi-Clinic Hospital and unfortunately passed away. May his soul rest in peace,” Zikalala said.

Rescue and disaster management teams from other parts of the province are also expected to arrive in KZN to assist areas affected by the floods. Teams from Free State and Western Cape have already been deployed.

“We will be receiving more teams from other provinces today.The SAPS has also deployed a contingent of personnel to ensure safety and apprehend and thwart criminal elements that may attempt to use the tragedy to pursue criminal activities.We wish to discourage our people to get involved in any criminal activity especially at a time when the focus must be on saving lives and rebuilding our beautiful province”

KZN Premier Sihle Zikalala

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