South Africa on high alert for torrential rains | News
The South African authorities maintain this Sunday the state of maximum alert against the risk of new floods, after the past storms caused landslides that left 443 dead in the east of the African country, while the missing numbered at 63.
Nearly 400 killed by floods in South Africa
According to local authorities, the torrential rains in the eastern province of KwaZulu-Natal have left 13,000 homeless, while the security forces continue with search and rescue efforts.
KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) province chief minister Sihle Zikala told a news conference that “the death toll now stands at 443.”
Operations in Durban, one of Africa’s busiest ports, and the surrounding eThekwini metropolitan area have also been disrupted.
According to officials, the restoration of those services will take at least a week.
Education Minister Angie Motshekga said: “This is a catastrophe and the damage is unprecedented. What is even more worrying is that more rain is expected in the same areas that are already affected.”
Local authorities estimate that the damage to the province is in the millions and that a total of 40,000 people have been affected by the floods since the start of the torrential rains last Monday.
It is also estimated that 3,937 houses were totally destroyed and 8,039 partially damaged.