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[AS IT HAPPENED] At least 7 dead in KZN storms, Umlazi toddler swept away in floods

A massive storm has hit various areas in KwaZulu-Natal a day after Gauteng was battered.

To recap, here's what we know at the moment about the #KZNstorms: 

  • Seven people have been confirmed dead so far. 
  • A toddler is missing after being swept away from a flooded creche in Umlazi.
  • At least five hospitals have been affected by the storms. 
  • Emergency teams have been responding to several incidents of people trapped in cars that have been submerged by floodwater. 
  • Many roads remain closed in parts of eThekwini and motorists have been advised to stay off the roads. 
  • There are no significant flight delays into and out of King Shaka International Airport. 
  • The SA Weather Service says the storm is expected to weaken on Tuesday evening. 


Here's a brief look at the impact from Monday and Tuesday's storms.

An update on the ships which were pushed onto sand banks by the floods.

KZN officials say at least five people have died since this morning.

Mbali is onto something.

The #PrayForDurban is gaining momentum. Dozens of people are sending their well wishes on social media.

Major routes across KZN are being re-opened. The weather service predicts the rain will dissipate this evening.

The search for the missing toddler who was swept away by the floods in Umlazi has been called off for now.

FLOODING TIPS:

The weather service says heavy rain, flooding and strong winds will become less severe from the evening. 

A repair and maintenance centre in Chatsworth. Cars are floating on top of each other. Picture: Evashni Pillay.

Th eThekwini Municipality has urged residents to stay indoors, but not to create unnecessary hysteria by sharing unverified / old information and images. 

Make sure people know where you are.

The weather service has also issued a note that this is not a tropical storm:

Two people have died...

Has a bridge near Gateway collapsed? 

The University of KwaZulu-Natal has suspended all activities, stay indoors!

KZN health's Sam Mkhwanazi confirms sections of roof at Addington hospital have been blown away.

The N2 near Old Airport is flooded and is closed:

Remember that most roads are unsafe or closed so stay indoors!

The weather service has now warned KZN and Mozambique residents to expect heavy seas.

KZN health has confirmed that King Dinizulu, Addington, King Edward, Wentworth and Prince Mshiyeni hospitals have been affected by the storm.

The South African Weather Service has also issued a warning for flash floods in Durban.

Those important emergency numbers for you:

Sea Rescue: 0313618567
Metro Ambulance: 10177
ER24 Ambulance: 084124
Vehicle Breakdown (AA): 08384322

The eThekwini Municipality says wind speed is at 70km/h: 

Several roads have been closed

More than 300 schools have been affected by the storms in recent days.

The eThekwini Municipality has urged residents to stay indoors until the storm subsides.

What do we know so far?

Good afternoon and welcome to EWN's live blog about the Durban storm. We will be bringing you all of the latest concerning the storm.