The South African Weather Service has confirmed that rainfall will persist over part of KZN until at least Monday. To make matters even worse, rainfall will remain on heavy Red Level 10 warning levels until at least 11PM on Sunday night. In parts of KwaZulu-Natal, the damage has once again already been done so far this weekend. We now have access to aerial footage showing the state of the Umdloti beachfront.
Umdloti beachfront left in a state after latest KZN storm
Several residents in Umdloti north of Durban have been left homeless. Part of a block of flats in a complex in the area washed away. Heavy rainfall and mudslides led to the ground collapsing around and under the buildings.
After first getting video of the complex, the video from the front of the beach showing the missing piece of earth, is simply frightening.
KZN FLOODS: RED LEVEL 10 WARNING EXTENDED
While a Red Level 10 Weather Warning is already in place for the province, there was some hope that it could be reduced. Now, the SA Weather Service has confirmed that that won’t be the case.
The weather service warns that due to the vulnerability of some of the areas, severe impacts may occur.
“Widespread showers and thundershowers are expected across KZN as a result of cut-off low associated with a surface high pushing in moisture over the eastern parts of the country. Some stations recorded significant rainfall amounts in the past 24-hours and models indicate that rainfall will continue today.”
SA Weather Service
SAWS says the storm reaching Red Level 10 levels means it will pose “a danger to life” due to fast-flowing streams. Widespread displacement of affected communities and widespread mudslides and rockfalls will lead to damage to property.
Unfortunately, the weather service has already been proven right on the damage to property front. Umdloti is case and point of that.