At least 11 people have died after heavy rains and severe floods hit South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) province at the weekend.
The severe weather conditions have also caused widespread devastation, including damaging property and infrastructure, cutting off power, displacing dozens and trapping several other residents in their homes or vehicles.
Authorities have closed several public swimming pools and beaches in Durban as a precautionary measure.
The South African Weather Service has predicted that heavy rains and thunderstorms will continue throughout the week, reaching peak levels on Wednesday and Thursday.
Heavy rains and flooding in the east of South Africa have killed at least 52 people since December, KZN’s cooperative governance and traditional affairs spokesperson Siboniso Mngadi told Newzroom Afrika news channel on Sunday.