Ladysmith Flash Floods Claim Lives of 6 People and 11 Missing, SA Devasted: “Sad Christmas Day”

Ladysmith Flash Floods Claim Lives of 6 People and 11 Missing, SA Devasted: “Sad Christmas Day”

  • Six people are confirmed dead and 11 are missing as Ladysmith battles the aftermath of flash floods
  • The mayor said disaster management teams are actively engaged in search and rescue operations
  • As the flood wreaks havoc on Ladysmith, South Africans are expressing their concern for the victims
Stock photos of a crying woman and a flash flood
Flash floods wreaked havoc in Ladysmith, KwaZulu-Natal. Image: Stock photos
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KWAZULU-NATAL - Tragedy struck in Ladysmith as six people were confirmed dead, and 11 remain missing in the aftermath of devastating flash floods.

According to SABCNews, the victims were near a caravan park adjacent to an overflowing stream. The flood's impact extends to areas including the local SPCA and Caravan Park.

Disaster management teams respond

Mayor Zama Sibisi of Alfred Duma municipality said that disaster management teams are responding to the crisis. They are collaborating with rescue teams such as IPSS Search and Rescue and SAPS K9 Search and Rescue.

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Samantha Meyrick, spokesperson for IPSS Search and Rescue, emphasised the joint efforts in the ongoing search for missing people.

SA Weather Services issue warning

The South African Weather Services (SAWS) in KwaZulu-Natal issued a Level 2 warning for various parts of the province, effective Monday until Tuesday.

Flash floods spark concern

The ongoing flood crisis in Ladysmith has prompted a wave of concern from South Africans who sympathise with the victims.

Neo Ya Phokeng said:

"2023 is going offside its not a normal year."

Ayize Yaya mentioned:

"Oh another flooded Xmas in KZN, gosh the repeat of flash floods of Xmas 1995."

Glenda Williams commented:

"Very sad and heartbreaking blessings to their families."

Mlamli Mpi stated:

"May KZN Municipality in Ladysmith must evacuate or move all the people in risk areas before the situation becomes worse."

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Sontis Sontis added:

"What a sad Christmas day."

Flood wrecks wedding décor in devastating TikTok

In another article, Briefly News reported that for event planner Valentine, the dream of orchestrating a picture-perfect wedding turned into a nightmare in minutes.

In a now-viral TikTok video, she documented the harrowing scene of a flash flood ravaging the meticulously set outdoor wedding venue, transforming her meticulously crafted vision into a muddy wasteland.

Source: Briefly News

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Hilary Sekgota (Head of Desk for Evening and Weekend content) Hilary Sekgota is the Head of Desk for Evening and Weekend content at Briefly News. She completed a BA in Communication Science from Unisa in 2018 and a Diploma in Journalism from Varsity College in 2010. She also passed a set of trainings by Google News Initiative. Hilary joined the Briefly News team in 2022 and started her journalism career at Tshwane Sun. She has 12 years of experience covering current affairs and human interest topics. Email: