An aerial view of cars submerged and marooned on the N2 Old Airport Road in Durban during the storm that battered Durban on 10 October 2017 and caused extensive flooding. Picture: Supplied / Rescue Care
NSRI crew member Julian Singh carrying a child to safety at Montclair as the city flooded following the storm that hit it on 10 October 2017. Picture: Supplied / NSRI Durban.
Two trucks could not withstand the gale force winds which reached up to 70km/h as the storm battered Durban on 10 October 2017, causing havoc everywhere. Picture: Supplied
The heavy storm in Durban affected ships and yachts in the Durban Marina, damaging them as they broke free from their moorings on 10 October 2017. Picture: Supplied
Europ Assistance SA CEO Christelle Colman, through her Twitter account @StillChristelle, updated followers with images from Durban, urging Durbanites to be safe during the 10 October 2017 storm. Picture: Supplied / Christelle Colman
The wind displayed its might as it blew the huge MSC Ines container ship inland, towards Durban Harbour, and lodging her upon a sandbank, thus blocking the harbour's entrance during the storm that took place on 10 October 2017. Picture: Supplied
Twitter user Paul offered followers a vista of the extent of flooding caused by the 10 October 2017 storm through his Twitter account @Paul_JV as motorists found themselves moored in the middle of a rapidly rising river on the N2 freeway, near the old airport. Picture: Supplied / @Paul_JV
Europ Assistance SA CEO Christelle Colman, through her Twitter account @StillChristelle, updated followers with images from Durban, urging Durbanites to be safe as roofs collapsed and motor vehicles were pushed over various types of ledges during the 10 October 2017 storm. Picture: Supplied / Christelle Colman
Durban - The harbour city of Durban was flooded on Tuesday by heavy rains that caused the death of a policeman and extensive damage to roads, buildings, and motor vehicles.
The policeman was crushed to death when a container dislodged by the storm fell on his car. His partner was injured. Four other people were reported dead, including a toddler who was washed away when a creche was flooded.
Images of the deluge and floods were posted on social media. There were pictures of motorists marooned in their lanes in rising water levels. In other places vehicles were completely submerged.
The City's Disaster Management Call Centre was kept busy fielding calls for help from all sectors of Durban society and emergency rescuers were kept busy around the clock rescuing submerged passengers, helping people and attending to the injured.
Poor drainage of the city’s roads compounded the problems as Durban was also battered by winds of more than 70km/h. King Shaka International Airport experienced wind speeds of up to 120km/h.
The roofs of some buildings flew off, and shipping containers and even trucks teetered tottered and fell over, causing another level of danger and putting lives at risk.
The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Health spokesperson Sam Mkhwanazi said five hospitals, King Edward, Addington, King Dinuzulu and Wentworth and Prince Mshiyeni Memorial hospitals, were badly affected by the storm.
The roof of King Edward VIII Hospital collapsed, resulting in patients needing to be evacuated, and there were reports of mudslides and a school on the Bluff collapsing.
City officials, observing the extent of the damage sent a stern warning to residents to remain indoors.
The extent of the damage sustained to the city will only become apparent in the next few days as residents, insurers and the city take stock of the damage that may run into billions of rands worth of damage, claims and repairs.