Fri. May 24th, 2019

Durban floods: Torrential rains cause five deaths and traffic chaos [video]

Durban floods trafficDeadly, unforgiving downpours have claimed five lives in the Durban floods, and the major roads around the city are subject to a traffic nightmare on Tuesday.

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Severe downpours across KwaZulu-Natal have had tragic consequences overnight. The Durban floods have claimed the lives of five local residents, including four in the same house which collapsed. The rain has battered eThekwini and there is traffic chaos all across the municipality on Tuesday morning.

Durban floods: Latest news and death toll

A severe weather warning remains in place for the region until 16:00 this afternoon. The rain is set to continue late into Tuesday, heaping the misery onto local residents. As the SA Weather Service confirmed, more localized flooding is expected over the coastal areas of KZN as well as the adjacent interior.

Chatsworth, Malvern and Overport are some of the suburbs which are worst-affected by the devastating Durban floods. Of the five deaths confirmed by authorities, four of them – including an infant – were claimed in the same house-collapse during the worst of the weather. It’s believed three others are still trapped in the property.

Durban traffic latest for Tuesday 23 April

As one would expect, the resulting traffic outlook in Durban is beyond grim. Gushing torrents of water have flooded major roads and caused mudslides on several popular routes in and around the city.

  • N2 North: Flooding near Galleria Mall
  • M13 East: Fallen Tree near the N3 Paradise Valley split / Cowies Hill
  • M4 South: Mudslide near La Lucia Mall – heavy traffic leaving Umhlanga.
  • N3 Highway: Flooding and Mudslide between Mariannhill plaza and Shongweni – Heavy traffic both sides
  • M13 Route: Mudslides at Kloof – HEAVY TRAFFIC from Hillcrest.
  • N3 Highway: Mudslides at Mariannhill plaza heading into Durban.
  • Isipingo exits from Mlazi: Flooded. Mangosuthu Highway is flooded at V section Mlazi by the traffic lights.

Elsewhere, Port St Johns – on the Wild Coast in the Eastern Cape – has been battered by heavy rains and localised flooding, leading to large-scale evacuations. Regions near the Mzimvubu River, which burst its banks on Monday, has been particularly hard-hit by flash flooding and hundreds of residents have since been evacuated.

Durban floods – watch the rainfall for Tuesday morning here:

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