Boats needed to rescue workers stuck in shoulder-deep water in Isipingo, Durban

The Isipingo area was hit hard by the rains, with homes near Isipingo beach completely flooded.

Boats have been acquired to rescue workers stuck in shoulder-deep water in Isipingo, southwest of Durban.

The Isipingo area was hit hard by the rains, with homes near Isipingo beach completely flooded.

Aidan David, president of the Isipingo Community Policing Forum, said they have been responding to calls from people stuck in their workplaces since dawn.

“The situation is terrible, it is a state of disaster. I have people from as far away as Hibberdene and Warner Beach helping us with rubber duckies. We’re trying to get people out of where they’re stuck,” he said.

David said the Crab City area is totally underwater with water levels reaching almost 2 meters high.

“We need to get people to safety, but the challenge we face is that we have no safe place. The halls are filling up and people have even offered their vacant accommodation upstairs, which we appreciate, but I don’t think that will be enough. We are going to need more supplies and assistance,” he said.

David said the situation appears to be going “from bad to worse” as sea water continues to push up to river level.

This will affect the many homes along the river banks in Isipingo, he said.

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