Rescue team searching for boy, 9, swept away by flooded KZN river
As heavy rains lashed parts of KwaZulu-Natal on Tuesday afternoon, rescue services were frantically searching for a schoolboy who was swept into a flooded river.
IPSS Rescue's Dylan Meyerick said teams were searching the Nonoti River in Darnall, on the KZN north coast, for the missing nine-year-old.
"Rescue teams have been in the water ... looking for a nine-year-old who was walking home from school and got washed off a low-level bridge," he said.
Meyerick said rescuers had called for a sniffer dog to help them.
"The river is in full flood," he added.
Unfortunately, by 5.30pm, the search had been called off with the boy not yet found.
Inclement weather since the weekend has left at least three people dead, including a couple who were killed when their bedroom walls and roof collapsed on Monday.
A tornado has left a swathe of destruction in the New Hanover and Greytown areas outside Pietermaritzburg on November 12 2019. The South African Weather Service confirmed the storm’s wind speeds reached 25-30 km/hour.