South Africa flood death toll exceeds 300 Disaster area declaration

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A road in Durban, South Africa turned into a cliff after a flood

picture explanationA road in Durban, South Africa turned into a cliff after a flood

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The government has declared KwaZulu-Natal a disaster zone as the death toll from flooding in the southeastern province of KwaZulu-Natal has risen to 306, local media and Bloomberg News reported on the 14th (local time).

According to the declaration of the disaster area, it is expected that up to hundreds of millions of rand (billions of won) will be invested to help the restoration work.

The KwaZulu-Natal Ministry of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs said in a statement that at least 306 people were killed in the flood. The previously announced death toll was 259.

A spokesperson for the Ministry of Disaster Management of KwaZulu-Natal said the flood damage was one of the darkest periods in KwaZulu-Natal’s history.

rainbow after the flood

picture explanationrainbow after the flood

Mmapaka Tau, head of the National Disaster Management Center, officially declared the flood a state disaster the night before in the Government Gazette.

This week, the worst rains in at least 60 years in KwaZulu-Natal, including Durban, South Africa’s No.

Roads were also lost and more than 6,000 homes were damaged. 248 schools were also affected.

It is reported that the Durban port shipping function was suspended on the 12th, but is gradually resuming from the 13th.

Another rain is expected in KwaZulu-Natal this weekend, according to the South African Meteorological Administration.

South Africa has been relatively immune from storms in the Indian Ocean compared to neighboring Mozambique and Zimbabwe, which suffer from tropical storm cyclones almost every year.

However, due to climate change, such flood damage is expected to become more frequent in the future.

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