Floods kill 341 in South Africa

Extreme levels of flood danger were announced in at least 341 people in a coastal province in eastern South Africa. The country’s government said this information on Thursday.
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The Reuters news agency said the floods began earlier this week in KwaZulu-Natal province. Rescue workers are searching for the missing persons. More rain is forecast for Friday.

Sihale Zikalala, head of KwaZulu-Natal province, said 40,623 people had been affected by the floods. 341 deaths have been reported, which is sad.

The provincial chief added, “We can confirm the extent of the damage. The calculation is still going on. Losses could exceed billions of rupees (South African currency). The floods have caused unprecedented disasters in the history of this province and perhaps our country.

Heavy rains over the weekend and heavy rains last Monday flooded homes, collapsed roads and bridges. Cargo movement is disrupted at one of the country’s busiest ports. Cargo containers are washed away and in some areas they are looted. Later on Wednesday, the province was declared a disaster area.

Somi Malizol, a resident of the Isifingo makeshift settlement, was looking for items in her shack that had been washed away. He said, ‘Bad, bad situation. We have nothing left. I don’t even have anything to sleep on. ‘

The floods disrupted municipal services, including electricity. Residents were seen rushing to collect clean water from broken pipes and water tanks on Thursday. “We have no electricity, no water,” said Mathumbu, a resident of Thabisil, who was not warned of heavy rains in advance. It is difficult to survive in this way. We should have been warned. ‘

Marine climate has an effect on southeastern Africa. Scientists believe that the weather is deteriorating due to global warming. They fear the situation could worsen in the coming decades.

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa visited the affected province last Wednesday. He described the disaster as a “massive catastrophe.” “Of course it’s part of climate change,” he said.

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