Hlomuka said disaster management teams have been evacuating people in areas that have experienced mudslides, flooding and structural collapses of buildings and roads.
“Our teams are collating the extent of the damage so far. We commend the brave disaster management teams, law enforcement and first aid responders for working all night to protect and preserve human life amid difficult circumstances.”
Heavy rains have affected power lines in many municipalities and technical teams are working to restore supplies.
Hlomuka urged residents in areas on higher ground to open their homes to neighbours who are stranded.
“Many roads are flooded and blocked and residents are requested to avoid unnecessary journeys.”
The SA Weather Service has warned of significant rainfall in the eThekwini, KwaDukuza, Mandeni, Maphumulo, Ndwedwe, Ray Nkonyeni, Umdoni, Mkhambathini, Richmond, Msunduzi, uBuhlebezwe, uMlalazi, uMngeni, uMshwathi, Umuziwabantu, uMvoti, Umzimkhulu, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and Umzumbe municipalities.