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WATCH | Heavy Rain Leaves Trail Of Destruction On KZN South Coast

These teams are on high alert and ready to respond to any further incidents. In addition, COGTA issued a warning to residents to seek shelter in safe places and advised that public facilities, including community halls, were available as safe havens for those in need of shelter.

Teams from the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) have been deployed to the South Coast after torrential downpours and gale-force winds battered parts of the coast on Sunday night.

The heavy downpours caused significant damage across the district, particularly in popular holiday destinations such as Margate and Uvongo.

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To address the emergency situation, COGTA activated disaster teams in all municipalities likely to be affected.

These teams are on high alert and ready to respond to any further incidents. In addition, COGTA issued a warning to residents to seek shelter in safe places and advised that public facilities, including community halls, were available as safe havens for those in need of shelter.

Furthermore, teams are on standby to evacuate individuals who require assistance. The South African Weather Service (SAWS) issued a warning about damaging winds, excessive lightning, and heavy downpours in the eThekwini, Ray Nkonyeni, Umdoni, and Umzumbe areas.

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Residents in Margate have reported flooded homes and businesses. Videos and images shared on various community, crime, and emergency WhatsApp groups depict water rushing down roads, making navigation difficult for motorists.

COGTA is currently collating reports from the deployed teams, and an update will be provided once all information has been gathered. The department is working diligently to address the aftermath of the severe weather and ensure the safety and well-being of affected residents.

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Several videos have been posted on social media showing the extent of damage:

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Parusha Naidoo for SurgeZirc SA
Parusha Naidoo for SurgeZirc SA
Parusha Naidoo is a skilled journalist who writes local and world news for SurgeZirc South Africa. With a passion for delivering accurate and reliable information, Parusha has become a trusted voice in the news industry. With years of experience in the field, Parusha has developed a keen eye for identifying important stories and presenting them in a clear and concise manner.
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