KZN storm: 8 reported deaths confirmed, verified

Further casualties cannot be ruled out at this stage.

The Umlazi area was affected by the storm in KwaZulu-Natal on 10 October 2017. Picture: @prosperityngubo.

DURBAN - Senior KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) government officials are holding a briefing at Prince Mshiyeni Hospital in Umlazi on Wednesday following the devastating storm that swept through KZN on Tuesday.

"At this stage we have a total of eight deaths reported that have been confirmed and verified. There are, however, reports of missing persons and further casualties cannot be ruled out at this stage," the statement read.

The province was lashed by heavy downpours on Tuesday that closed highways, flooded homes and damaged at least five state hospitals.

Officials have confirmed that 42 schools were affected by the storms.

They say plans will be put in place to ensure pupils are able to write exams.

At the same time, the Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) says it’s working to repair nine bridges in the city which were damaged by Monday’s thunderstorm.

The JRA's Bertha Peters-Scheepers said: “Some of these bridges are low-lying bridges and due to the debris of the storm, they’ve filtered up and the debris needs to be cleaned up as well.”