11/10/2017 13:19 SAST | Updated 11/10/2017 13:20 SAST

Durban Storm Claims Eighth Victim

Others are still missing.

Rogan Ward / Reuters
Traffic jams caused by fallen trees during a storm in Durban, South Africa October 10, 2017. REUTERS/Rogan Ward

Durban – The number of people who have died following heavy storms and flooding in KwaZulu-Natal on Tuesday has reached eight and could rise, provincial government departments said during a joint briefing.

"We can confirm that eight people were killed as a result of the floods yesterday. There are those that are still missing, so it is possible that this may rise," acting MEC for Co-operative Governance Wesizwe Thusi told reporters during a briefing on Wednesday.

Thusi and other MECs from the health and human settlements departments, as well as the eThekwini municipality are currently assessing damage caused during Tuesday's storm, including to the King Edward VIII and Prince Mshiyeni Memorial hospitals in Durban.