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Durban floods: Bodies of mother and daughter recovered in Chatsworth

Durban floods chatsworthThe mother was found shielding her child. The death toll is 32, but still expected to increase.

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The bodies of a mother and her child were recovered from the Westcliff Secondary School in Chatsworth after severe rainfall on 23 April 2019.

As reported by the eNCA’s Dasen Thathiah, the mother was found shielding her five-year-old child. Their bodies will be transported to the State mortuary.

In addition, nine more bodies were found a caretaker’s quarters at Westcliff Secondary School collapsed in a landslide. However, the figure is expected to rise as rescue missions continue.

Durban floods: Death toll

At the time of publishing, the death toll is at 32, including children. Hundreds of residents have been displaced in the area by the recent rains, and ten residents are still missing.

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Residents evacuated due to the Durban floods

The KwaZulu-Natal Co-operative Governance Department spokesperson, Lennox Mabaso, told Eyewitness News that the department is “doing everything to make sure [they] reach everyone.” Mabaso added:

“We’re asking people to move to higher ground and to make sure that they look for safety first. The weather conditions have not subsided at this stage, we still have warnings that there’s likely to be more rains.”

In addition to the loss of life, buildings and homes have suffered extensive damage. In Port St John, more than 300 residents were evacuated, while the Disaster Management Unit in Mandela Day is on high alert after increased rainfall.

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Watch: Dasen Thathiah reporting from site

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