Five hospitals have been affected by the heavy rains being experienced in Durban today, the KwaZulu-Natal health department has confirmed.
“King Edward, Addington, King Dinuzulu, Wentworth and Prince Mshiyeni Memorial hospitals have borne the most brunt of the storm,” the department confirmed.
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The department said management at the facilities is currently assessing the extent of the damage caused and will also take all measures to ensure patient safety.
Meanwhile, the Department of Education in KwaZulu-Natal has also confirmed that a number of schools that have been affected by today’s heavy storm.
Education spokesperson, Kwazi Mthethwa said they were not yet able to provide an exact number of schools affected however according to reports up to 300 may have been seriously damaged.
“Several schools have had to suspend teaching for today due to the storm…and our district officials are working with schools to try and assess the extent of the damage,” he said.
According to the department, some schools have reported water damage to classrooms‚ fallen trees and broken fences and roof damage.
Durban residents have been urged to stay indoors until the massive storm which is currently pelting the east coast has passed.
“The current wind has been measured at 70 kilometers per hour and is extremely dangerous. All roads in the southern parts of Durban have been closed,” said the eThekwini Municipality in a statement.