South Africa floods: Death toll after heavy rains rises to 51


Floods and mudslides in the South African city of Durban and the wider KwaZulu-Natal province have killed at least 51 people, officials say.

A six-month-old baby and a young child are among the dead.

More than 1,000 people have been displaced according to President Cyril Ramaphosa who has flown into the region to visit the affected areas.

Southern and eastern parts of the country have been badly hit by torrential rain in the last few days.

More flooding and strong winds are expected in coastal areas and a severe weather warning is still in place.

Pictures from the region show that parts of some roads have been washed away and buildings have been destroyed by landslides.

People stand on a damaged road after massive flooding in Amanzimtoti, near Durban, South Africa April 23, 2019
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Provincial minister Nomusa Dube-Ncube told SAFM radio that officials are continuing to assess the damage, according to news agency AFP.

In the long term people may have to be moved from the affected areas, she added.

President Ramaphosa offered his condolences on the ground.

“It was important to come and see what has happened. We pass our condolences to the families of those who have died in this disaster. We are saddened by what has happened here. The loss of life is never easy, especially when so unexpected.”

Earlier on Wednesday, he released a statement where he said: “This situation calls on all of us to pull together as a country to reach out to affected communities.”

Dozens of people have been taken to hospital and search and rescue teams are looking for more survivors under the rubble of collapsed buildings.

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Source: BBC

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