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At least 250 people have died and dozens more are missing due to the intense floods that have occurred in the Durban area in eastern South Africa in recent days. The government of the province of KwaZulu-Natal, where the city is located, spoke of “one of the worst storms in the history of the country”: the torrential rains of recent days have caused landslides and floods that have damaged the city’s port, bridges and roads, but also numerous buildings and means of transport throughout the province.
Local authorities they said that many people were swept away by the floods, while others who were stranded in their homes were rescued. The situation is expected to continue to be critical for at least a few days: some groups of volunteers are working to try to clear the waterways of debris; On Tuesday in the metropolitan area of Durban, the army was mobilized to facilitate rescue operations.
Various parts of the city are still inaccessible due to damage to the connecting roads, while the flooding at the port has caused dozens of containers to move, which have piled up on top of each other. There were also floods in some power plants, which resulted in the interruption of service in various parts of the area.
There is a concern of alleged looting in parts of KwaZulu-Natal following floods that ravaged the area. Property, vehicles, and other infrastructure have been severely damaged by floods in Durban and other parts of KwaZulu-Natal. #eNCA‘s @DasenThathiah has more from the sky. pic.twitter.com/QCXPORUYvi
– eNCA (@eNCA) April 12, 2022
Local authorities accompanied South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on a visit to the worst-hit areas on Wednesday. In a press release Posted on Facebook, the president of the province of KwaZulu-Natal, Sihle Zikalala, estimated that the damage caused by the floods amounted to several billion rand, the equivalent of several hundred million dolars.