South Africa | Declares State Of Calamity In KwaZulu-Natal Due To Floods

South Africa | Declares State Of Calamity In KwaZulu-Natal Due To Floods

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Provincial authorities have indicated that in the last few hours the death toll has risen to 259 in the devastating floods caused by torrential rains since last Friday, causing roads and bridges to collapse, sweeping houses and causing landslides on the east coast of Africa.

South Africa | Local authorities estimate that the number of victims will increase as search and rescue operations continue, with the number of displaced and missing persons being unknown, which the authorities say is “exponential”.

Speaking to journalists, the President of the Republic Cyril Ramaphosa, who visited today the most affected areas in the region of the port city of Durban, described the situation as “a catastrophe of enormous proportions”.

Provincial authorities have indicated that in the last few hours the death toll has risen to 259 in the devastating floods caused by torrential rains since last Friday, causing roads and bridges to collapse, sweeping houses and causing landslides on the east coast of Africa. southern.

However, local authorities estimate that the number of victims will increase as search and rescue operations continue, with the number of displaced and missing persons being unknown, which the authorities say is “exponential”.

Speaking to journalists, the President of the Republic Cyril Ramaphosa, who visited today the most affected areas in the region of the port city of Durban, described the situation as “a catastrophe of enormous proportions”.

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The South African head of state said that the other provinces of the country are sending humanitarian aid, resources and people to KwaZulu-Natal, stressing that the Government is also making efforts to provide financial assistance to the province, as well as support victims’ families with “the funerals, shelter, food and blankets”.

“We are having a hard time responding to emergencies,” a spokeswoman for the paramedics told local media today.

At least 248 schools were damaged by the floods, the KZN Education Department announced today.

The mayor of Durban (now eThekwini), Mxolisi Kaunda, said Tuesday at a press conference that the destruction of municipal infrastructure “is widespread”.

South African state-owned Transnet, responsible for managing the country’s ports and railways, has suspended port activity at the port of Durban, the continent’s largest, since Monday, due to devastating floods.

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