‘My daughter, my sisters’: KZN flood survivor mourns lost family

Others believe the bodies have most likely been swept away by the swollen river.

Divers search the dirty waters of the river while the dogs unit scours the floodplain.

But after four hours’ of searching, they find nothing.

 ‘Many people are lost’ 

All along the river, families approach the search teams, begging them to let the dogs try to find their missing loved ones.

Police “didn’t answer our calls and if they did answer, they said there is no help for now because there are many people that are lost”, says Sinenhlanhla Menela, 30, whose sister, 26, and two-year-old nephew are missing.

The head of the search team explains to desperate residents that their resources have been stretched to the limit by the disaster.

With more rain forecast this weekend, any further flooding or mudslides could further hinder efforts to recover more bodies.

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