Sat, Jun

Flood Kills Over 300 In South Africa

Africa News

South Africa is bracing up for more heavy rain in districts hit by massive and lethal downpours earlier this week.
Dozens of people have died after roads and hillsides were washed away and homes collapsed. The death toll in the South African province of KwaZulu-Natal has reached over 300, after the devastating floods. The search for missing persons is still going on and the death toll is expected to rise. One family is said to have lost 10 members in the devastating floods.
Residents had to flee their homes but road infrastructure has been severely damaged. A state of disaster has been declared in the area, after some areas saw months worth of rain fall in one day. Officials have called it "one of the worst weather storms in the history of our country".

Mudslides have trapped people under buildings, with more floods expected.

South Africa's leader was visiting survivors in one of the townships in the city of Durban which has been struck by floods and mudslides stoked by record rains.

The whole of KwaZulu-Natal province which includes Durban has been declared a disaster area.

Climate change is being blamed for the heaviest rains in 60 years.

South Africa’s neighbours suffer such natural disasters from tropical storms almost every year, but Africa’s most industrialised country is largely shielded from the storms that form over the Indian Ocean.

More rains are forecast over the weekend.