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Child drowns in Msunduzi as heavy rains continue to pour in KZN

The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) has urged communities to continue to heed the weather warning for heavy rains after a child reportedly drowned in Pietermaritzburg.

The South African Weather Service (SAWS) had issued an orange level 9 rain warning for KwaZulu-Natal, and the heavy rains are expected to affect large parts of the province.


According to KZN COGTA, Disaster Management teams responded to an incident in Pietermaritzburg where an eight-year-old child drowned.

Spokesperson Senzelwe Mzila said details of this incident are still being investigated; however, as the department they wish to convey condolences to the affected family.

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The department has since urged all communities to ensure that they continue to take extreme caution as torrential rains continue to pour and ensure that children are kept safe and educated about water’s dangers.

Meanwhile, the South African Weather Services (SAWS) has downgraded the South-Western parts of the province to alert level 2, with the north also downgraded to level 4.

Mzila said the rain continues, minor incidents have been reported, and disaster management teams are attending to these incidents.

“There are also reports on electricity faults. Eskom teams are on the ground attending this as and when they are reported. We are urging everyone to avoid unnecessary travel and to stay away from the large bodies of water,” he said.

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