Transnet suspends shipping as Durban floods rage

Source: IOL; News24

Image credit: Doctor Ngcobo/African News Agency (ANA)

The unprecedented floods in Durban have caused massive damage to infrastructure, uprooting homes, destroying roads and sinking vehicles.

Reports indicate at least 45 people have lost their lives so far as the heavy rains continue to cause damage across the coastal city.

Transnet suspended shipping at its Durban terminals on Monday evening due to the severe flooding. Customers at the Durban terminal have been asked not to bringing trucks into the port. In a statement released on Tuesday, Transnet said that while there have been no major incidents at the terminals, it is taking precautionary measures as the flooding damaged road infrastructure in the province, affecting access to terminals. It will resume shipping at the Durban terminals when it is safe to do so, it said.

The south coast area experienced unprecedented rainfall, with between 180mm and 310mm recorded in parts of the city of Durban,
Authorities urged parents not to send pupils to school as the rain continues to pour, leaving a trail of destruction across the city.

The South African Weather Service also has warned earlier on Tuesday that more rainfall and widespread flooding is expected overnight in KwaZulu-Natal and parts of the Eastern Cape.

“Following a weekend of widespread rainfall over much of the country this past weekend, the cut-off low system responsible for the inclement weather began moving eastwards over KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape overnight,” the weather service said in a statement.

It has also issued a Level 9 for heavy rain in the province, calling on the public to be alert.

Roads in and out of the area are closed or partly closed as clean-up operations begin.

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