At least 70 people left homeless due to flooding in Ladysmith

Local rivers including the Tugela have burst their banks, flooding the town's CBD. Businesses and some homes were flooded.

Streets of Ladysmith were flooded on 17 January 2022 after heavy rains. Picture: Nhlanhla Mabaso/Eyewitness News

LADYSMITH - At least 70 residents have been left homeless in Ladysmith, KwaZulu-Natal, after severe flooding.

Local rivers including the Tugela have burst their banks, flooding the town's CBD. Businesses and some homes were flooded.

Disaster Management teams have been dispatched.

The Qedusizi Dam, which is the nearest dam to Ladysmith, is a contributing factor to the flooding situation in the area.

Those who lost their homes have been evacuated to a community hall for safety. So far, there have not been any more incidents reported.

Upon arrival in the area on Monday afternoon, Eyewitness News saw a number of businesses closed due to the situation.

The uThukela District Municipality told Eyewitness News that the 70 are being provided with essentials.

The municipality said with the help of NGOs, assistance was being brought.

“There is a foundation called Al-Imdaad that donated some blankets and mattresses as well as food last night. In the morning, they were given breakfast, at lunch they got something and even tonight, we are going to feed them," said District Mayor iNkosi Ntandoyesizwe Shabalala.