Years of underspending on repairs and maintenance of city infrastructure, blocked stormwater systems and exceptional levels of plastic pollution further blocking drainage channels are likely to become a critical focal point as the analysis of the most recent KZN floods disaster unfolds in the coming weeks and months.
The heaviest rains in 60 years pummelled Durban’s municipality, known as eThekwini. According to an AFP tally. The storm is the deadliest on record in South Africa.
“By the evening of 13 April, we have been informed that the death toll from the floods disaster in KZN (KwaZulu-Natal) province has risen to 306 people” Nonala Ndlovu, spokeswoman for the provincial disaster management department said.