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Residents protest to 'stop developers killing Umdloti' after storm destruction

Scores of homes some of which had stood for decades until now were washed away and several families had to be evacuated.

The surfside building in uMdloti, KwaZulu-Natal following heavy rain on 21 May 2022. Picture: Nhlanhla Mabaso/Eyewitness News

DURBAN – Residents of Umdloti, north of Durban, are protesting against new developments, which they believe are to blame for the devastating impact on the area following the storms over the weekend.

Scores of homes some of which had stood for decades until now were washed away and several families had to be evacuated.

And residents believe this was the result of problems with the stormwater management plans in place and the environmental impact assessments that were apparently carried out.

About 100 residents carrying placards emblazoned with messages reading “stop developers killing Umdloti” and “our village destroyed by greed” have gathered outside the developments.

They’re planning on handing over a memorandum to the developers later on Wednesday morning.

Last month’s floods resulted in two deep crevices opening up, which were further worsened by the storms over the weekend.

Residents are angry. Some of them have lived here for almost 40 years and they said they’ve never seen anything like it.

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