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PICS: Ladysmith under water after a week of heavy rains

Hundreds of businesses are still underwater following a week-long floods in the Ladysmith CBD and Leonardsville area. Picture: Supplied

Hundreds of businesses are still underwater following a week-long floods in the Ladysmith CBD and Leonardsville area. Picture: Supplied

Published Jan 17, 2022

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Durban: Ladysmith residents may see some respite as water levels have receded following a week of flooding.

According to Ward 20 councillor Abbas Warasally, the central business district and the Leonardsville area have been the worst affected.

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“Hundred of businesses have been flooded, and residents had to be evacuated.”

Warasally attributed this to the poor maintenance of the drainage in the area.

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The Ladysmith CBD is still underwater. Picture: Supplied

“It doesn’t have to rain in Ladysmith for floods to happen.

“There has been heavy rainfall in the Van Reenen and Bergville area, and the bankS of the Klip River had collapsed.”

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Warasally said the dam levels had dropped, and clean up operations were under way.

“We are hopeful that the worst is over.”

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Residents have been affected by the week-long flood. Picture: Supplied

He said a school in the CBD, Windsor Secondary, had been flooded, and he doubtful school would reopen on Wednesday.

Imtiaz Sooliman, director of Gift of the Givers, said their aquatic rescue teams were on standby.

“We are on standby and ready if material aid is required. But we haven't received any requests for assistance, and the water levels have receded substantially.”

On Monday morning, the Al-Imdaad Foundation were on the ground assisting shop keepers trying to salvage goods and stock from their businesses.

On Monday morning, the Al-Imdaad Foundation were on ground assisting shop keepers trying to salvage goods and stock from their businesses. Picture: Facebook

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