Woman swept away by flood in KZN found clinging to tree

The woman and the driver of a car were swept away by the flooding Nonoti River in KwaDukuza yesterday.

 The driver of the bakkie washed away by the Nonoti River has been rescued.

A pedestrian and motorist washed away while trying to cross a low-level bridge over the flooding Nonoti River, as well as two people who tried to rescue the motorist, have been brought to safety by rescue teams.

The woman was found clinging to a tree by a K9 Search and Rescue team.

KwaDukuza police spokesperson, Priya Nunkumar, said she was treated by paramedics on the banks of the river.

Dylan Meyrick of IPSS Medical Rescue said a vehicle was found partially submerged by the rushing water.

The driver of the bakkie washed away by the Nonoti River has been rescued.

“Two local men swam out to assist the driver, but all three became trapped by the rising water,” said Meyrick.

The rescue team managed to reach the men and brought them to safety. The vehicle was also recovered.

Capital Newspapers reported that the KwaZulu Natal province has been hard hit by widespread flooding.

Areas in Durban and Ladysmith were flooded, while areas and rivers around Pietermaritzburg have also been affected with flooding over roads, causing traffic congestion. Motorists are being urged not to use low-lying bridges or to attempt crossing flooded roads.

The flooding in Amanzimtoti

In Mpumuza, ward councillor Khulekani Msomi said about six families have already been affected by this torrential rain in his ward, where most people live in mud houses.

“This continuous rain has caused a lot of damage. There is a delay in municipal disaster response,” said Msomi. He added that two bridges in the area have been flooded. He also pleaded with community members to assist affected families.

Watch: Mudslide over apartment building in eMdloti

Ladysmith, and large portions of Durban, including Pinetown, Amanzimtoti, and eMdloti, where a mudslide caused a seaside apartment building to be evacuated, are among the areas in the province that have been the hardest hit.

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