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22 November 2011

Storms, rain wreak havoc in Kwazulu Natal

By Noma Bolani

EThekwini officials are continuing to lend a helping hand to residents whose homes have been badly damaged or destroyed by heavy rains over the past week.

Mayor James Nxumalo visited some of the affected areas, including Umlazi, Folweni adn Umbumbulu, over the weekend.

He says local councillors have been working with community members to help them deal with the situation.

"We've been collecting information from all councillors and those officials who are on the ground so that we can see what kind of assistance we can provide to those who might have been affected," he said.

A three-year-old boy and a 40-year-old man died in separate incidents when their homes collapsed in a heavy storm on Saturday.

Hundreds of people, mainly those living in low-lying areas and informal settlements, lost their homes.

Nxumalo says residents have been assisted with food parcels and temporary shelter in community halls.

He says it is still unclear how much reconstruction and mop-up operations will cost.

"We will be meeting councillors - and it will only be then when we can confirm how many people have been affected."

Meanwhile, the Durban Weather Office says from Friday to Saturday, Margate experienced 78 millimetres of rainfall while Charters' Creek in St. Lucia recorded 125 millimetres. Weather officials expect the rain to continue until Wednesday.

- East Coast Radio