‘The wall fell on me and my child’: KZN flood victims speak of loss and rebuilding
Two fathers speak of the devastating floods and the struggle to save their children.
When Meli Sokela recounts the story of the day his home was destroyed by flooding, the pain is visible in his eyes.
He recalls a loud noise like thunder before the wall of his home collapsed.
“I hear a noise like a thunderstorm, thereafter I hear the sound of the walls falling on to me and my child. After that, I tried to call my neighbours to help me. They tried to help me for two hours. I survived but unfortunately my child did not,” he told Reuters.
Sokela is one of hundreds of people to have lost loved ones. Officials have placed the death toll at 306.
Another Durban resident, Jomba Phiri, spoke about his brush with death. He was trapped in a mudslide along with this son.
Would you like to comment on this article or view other readers' comments? Register (it’s quick and free) or sign in now.
Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.