South Africa: Death toll rises as hail, floods, snow, two tornadoes, heavy rainfall and strong winds hit SA

In the past 24 hours, South Africa has witnessed at least two tornadoes north of Durban, hail in Umhlanga, snow in the Northern Cape and heavy rain and strong winds in the Western and Eastern Cape. So far seven people have lost their lives in the Eastern Cape and at least five people were confirmed killed in KwaZulu-Natal on Monday.

Winter sets in, while severe weather hits parts of the country. More cold, wet and windy conditions are expected during this week, with snow falling in some areas.

Uprooted trees and destroyed homes were reported in the Tongaat area north of Durban on Monday afternoon after tornadoes tore through the area.

So far, five people have lost their lives in the worst-hit eThekwini Metro, and dozens of people are being treated for damage to health facilities.

On Tuesday, emergency responders were assessing the extent of the damage while providing immediate relief, including housing displaced residents in government buildings. Tongaat, in the north of Durban, recorded the most incidents, with several homes severely damaged, roofs blown off and trees falling on power lines, causing power outages.

Meanwhile, snow has been reported in the Karoo Hoogland municipality in the Northern Cape, the first snow of the season according to the South African Weather Service (SAWS).

As a cut-off lava moves across the country from east to west, the Eastern Cape has been hit by flooding. Heavy rain, cold temperatures and strong winds are affecting parts of the Western Cape.

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