Montclair water reservoir collapsed, was not bombed, Durban

South African Police Service

Montclair water reservoir collapsed, was not bombed, Durban. Photo: SAPS
Montclair water reservoir collapsed, was not bombed, Durban. Photo: SAPS

Reports in the media, particularly on social media, suggesting that a reservoir in the Montclair policing area just outside the city of Durban was “bombed” is not only false but also very irresponsible.

On the morning of 4 May 2019, at approximately 05:00 the walls of a water reservoir in Alamein Avenue in Montclair just outside Durban gave way causing hundreds of kilolitres of water to gush out. As a result of this, a private company in close proximity to the reservoir was severely affected. Fortunately, there have not been any injuries or deaths.

Forensic experts have found NO evidence at this stage that even suggests that the damage to the reservoir was a result of any form of criminal action. At this stage preliminary investigations suggest that the structure of the reservoir may have been weakened by the recent heavy rains and flooding in the Durban and surrounding areas causing the walls to give way.

The loud bang that neighboring communities may have heard was actually a sound probably caused from the splitting of the reservoir wall caused by the pressure of water inside the reservoir.

It is indeed very irresponsible for individuals to be posting information on public platforms that could potentially spark unnecessary uncertainty and panic.

In incidents that are security related, only the security cluster may confirm or deny sequence of events.

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