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KZN disaster teams search for missing flood victim in Nquthu

JOHANNESBURG, May 15 – KZN Disaster Management Authorities, Nquthu Fire and Rescue Services, Babanago SA Police Service, were activated on Monday morning to search for an adult male (48), believed to be a teacher from a school in the area.

KZN Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) spokesperson, Lennox Mabaso, said the teacher went missing after his vehicle was swept by floods into Nanakazi river on Sunday night.

Mabaso said at this stage he could not provide more details, however, he said emergency personnel were continuing with their search.

Meanwhile, KZN disaster prevention and management teams have intervened across the province, following the extreme weather induced by the cold front which in some areas has led to localised flooding.

In a statement Cogta said there were a number of sporadic incidents responded to on Sunday night.

Disaster teams from King Cetshwayo municipality and uMhlathuze rescued 22 people, who were trapped inside the bus as it got submerged into the water near Nseleni outside Richards Bay. Three passengers in a bakkie were also rescued from the floods.

Cogta warned drivers against attempting to drive across flooded roads.

About 200 people in Mzingwenya near Richards Bay were moved to safety as part of Cogta’s preventative evacuation.

“The communities are being assisted with all emergency needs until the situation is safe for them to return to their homes. We urge communities to cooperate with our teams and move when asked to do so,” said Cogta in a statement.

“In uGu District we have received reports of few mud housing structures collapsing in uMzumbe municipality (2 houses), in uMdoni (6 houses), in uMuziwabantu (ward 13, 2 houses).

“At this stage there are no reported fatalities as a result of the bad weather across the province. Disaster teams continue to monitor what is happening in various areas.”

Cogta warned that province’s roads were wet and slippery and it appealed to all road users to exercise extra-caution.

– African News Agency (ANA)

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