Durban emergency staff run ragged as downpours continue


Durban emergency staff run ragged as downpours continue

Jeff Wicks | 2017-02-22 11:30:00.0

Severe water damage in Shakas Rock in the KwaZulu-Natal North Coast.

Image by: IPSS Medical Rescue

Emergency service personnel in Durban and surrounds have been run off their feet as rain persisted on Wednesday.

IPSS Medical Rescue spokesperson Paul Herbst said the downpour had caused flooding in Chaka’s Rock near Ballito.

There had been severe water damage‚ he said. “Paramedics have rushed to nine accidents since 6am.”

He said the most accidents had been bumper bashings and no-one had been seriously injured.

“At this stage the roads are still open. People must drive with caution.”

Rescuecare spokesperson Garrith Jamieson said medics remained on high alert.

“In the space of four hours we have attended to more than 10 reports of motor vehicle collisions. Most have not been serious‚” he said.

“Our paramedics have also attended to a six-car pile-up on the M4 Ruth First Highway. Several people have been seriously injured.”

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