The death toll following the devastating floods in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) has risen to 51.

The Weather Service is warning that the rains will continue over the province on Wednesday (today) with the weather only expected to clear from tomorrow.

KZN Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) MEC, Nomusa Dube-Ncube said they are grateful that President Cyril Ramaphosa has cut short his trip to the African Union (AU) Summit in Egypt to come and assess the floods situation.

Mr Ramaphosa was attending an emergency AU Troika Summit convened in Egypt and returned to South Africa yesterday night.

He will be visiting KZN and the Eastern Cape today to assess the damage caused by the floods.

Parts of the Eastern Cape, especially Port St John’s have also suffered flooding from the heavy rains.

Three people are reported to have died in the Eastern Cape.

The hardest hit areas in KZN include Chatsworth, Malvern, Overport, Pinetown and Amanzimtoti.

In Chatsworth, south of Durban, rescue workers recovered nine bodies on Tuesday (yesterday) after a mudslide destroyed the home of a caretaker at Westcliffe Secondary School.

Just a few kilometres away in Malvern, a house collapsed on nine family members while they were asleep.

Seven of them were killed and two are in a critical condition in hospital.

-SABC