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KZN declared disaster area following storm

At least 11 people have been killed as a result of heavy downpours and five more, including an infant, are still uncounted for.

Amanzimtoti, south of Durban, was badly affected by the storm on 10 October 2017. Picture: Chantel Adant/Storm Report SA.

JOHANNESBURG - The KwaZulu-Natal Premier Willies Mchunu has declared the province a disaster area following a massive storm that hit the province this week.

At least 11 people have been killed as a result of heavy downpours and five more, including an infant, are still uncounted for.

Mchunu says more than 133 schools have been affected and all patients from flooded hospital wards have been moved to safety.

He says the provincial treasury will meet with sector departments to address the reprioritisation of budgets to ensure that solid delivery is strengthened.

Mchunu says the executive council has agreed that the provincial government and district municipalities must urgently assess the stormwater drainage system, with a view to improving it where it's necessary.

The eThekwini Municipality has warned residents of two imminent cold fronts approaching Durban on Thursday.

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