Tereza van den Berg, a team leader for IPSS, described the destructive force of the flood, emphasizing that it left no chance for people to save their belongings. The aftermath of the disaster has seen tragic discoveries, including three bodies found in a minibus and one body found in a destroyed house, with several individuals still unaccounted for.
The province of KwaZulu Natal is bracing for further severe weather, with predictions of more storms in the coming days. These devastating floods are part of a concerning trend in the region, as climate change continues to contribute to worsening weather disasters.
The province previously experienced a significant loss of over 450 lives due to floods and landslides following a fierce storm in April 2022, highlighting the urgent need for effective disaster preparedness and response measures.