It was a major disaster, catastrophe and horror in different parts of the country with torrent after torrent of water flowing amid a day-long deluge that lashed KwaZulu-Natal‚ that 40-year-old Pius Shange drowned.
His body was found on Tuesday morning.
This tragic death brings to four the number of people killed during heavy rains that have battered the province since Friday. More than 500 households across the province have been damaged‚ with 237 completely destroyed. The eThekwini metro was the worst hit‚ accounting for 121 of the destroyed houses. Family members noted:
Police Search and Rescue Unit officers entered the drain and pulled Shange’s body to the roadside on Tuesday morning.
Rescue technicians have had busy days with the weekend’s downpour.
On Monday‚ officers pulled the bodies of a couple from the rubble of their house – which had collapsed on them on Sunday night – in Ntsongeni‚ Umbumbulu‚ in the southern reaches of eThekwini. The couple were found still in their bed underneath a mound of mud and concrete.
Also northern KwaZulu-Natal‚ the body of a Nquthu teacher who was swept off a low lying bridge was recovered on Tuesday. According to a statement by the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs‚ the 48-year-old’s body was found in the middle of Gubazi River.