NATIONAL NEWS - Eleven people have died as a result of heavy rains in Durban, eThekwini metro police said on Tuesday.
Spokesman Eugene Msomi said some shacks collapsed and others were swept away on Monday night in Chatsworth's Bayview informal settlement, Welbedacht, and Claremont.
The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) said on Tuesday six children and an adult were missing after being trapped on an island in the Umzinto River, near Durban.
On Monday evening, the NSRI's Durban sea rescue crew were asked to help after heavy rain in the area swelled rivers, spokesman Craig Lambinon said in a statement.
"Due to excessive flood torrents on the river these seven people could not be reached..."
He said police search and rescue crews resumed the search on Tuesday morning.
Three other people were rescued from the iFafa Club Marina Resort, south of Umzinto.
Police helped three more people to safety in KwaMashu, Durban, Lambinon said.
Another nine homeless people were rescued from the flooded Umbilo River in Durban on Tuesday morning. They were sleeping under the M4 bridge when the water level rose and trapped them, Netcare 911 spokesman Chris Botha said. One person was rescued using ropes across the river and the rest were hoisted up with a rope lowered from the bridge.
Meanwhile four people were injured when a goods train plunged into the Amanzimtoti River near Durban on Tuesday.
"The raging river had eroded the sand from under the train tracks, causing the train to plunge several meters into the torrent waters," said Botha.
On Monday the homes of more than 300 residents in Ladysmith, KwaZulu-Natal, were damaged by large hail stones.
"It has been raining hard for the past hour. The plastic sheeting we provided to affected residents to seal their roofs has been blown away," said Al-Imdaad Foundation project co-ordinator Abed Karrim.
"The houses are being flooded. People are in a state of shock at the damage the storm is causing."
The storm tore through Ladysmith and surrounding areas such as Acaciavale, Ntombi's Camp and Steadville on Sunday night.
Co-operative governance MEC Nomusa Dube said KwaZulu-Natal would need millions of rands to help those homesteads hit by hail storms in some parts of the province.
She led a disaster management team who helped those left homeless on Monday. Dube told residents the province was on full alert and ready to act.