51 people have been confirmed dead following the heavy rains that hit parts of KwaZulu Natal.
It’s reported that more bodies have been discovered under the rubble, as rescue operations continued on Tuesday.
Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube expressed her condolences to the families.
She further urged residents to exercise extreme caution especially as roads continue to be flooded across many areas.
The Provincial Government of KZN with Ethekwini Metro and all affected municipalities running mop up operations as part of efforts to alleviate the impact.
According to the department they have now sourced additional capacity from uMsunduzi Municipality and iLembe District.
Most deaths are reportedly from Chatsworth, uMlazi, New Germany where two kids under the age of seven years got killed.
The department added that they will be moving to the ground to conduct assessments.
Meanwhile, President Cyril Ramaphosa has expressed his personal sadness at the loss of life and damage to property experienced in storm-affected parts of KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape.
Ramaphosa said: “As South Africans, the entire nation’s thoughts and prayers are with the people of KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape who have been affected by the forces of nature against which they had little defence.
“Our hearts go out particularly to families and communities who have been directly affected by death, injury and the loss of property.
“This situation calls on all of us to pull together as a country to reach out to affected communities and to help alleviate their hardship,” Ramaphosa said.
Arrived back home and flew to KwaZulu-Natal to assess the damage caused by the floods and review the recovery efforts. Our thoughts are with the affected communities in KZN and Eastern Cape. I urge those living in the affected areas to take extra caution in this period. pic.twitter.com/xjhJmEe08G— Cyril Ramaphosa ???? (@CyrilRamaphosa) April 24, 2019