South Africa – Deadly Flash Floods in KwaZulu-Natal Province

The severe weather in parts of eastern and southern eastern Africa continues.

Flooding began last week in parts of Mozambique and Malawi. According to the latest reports, over 500,000 people have been affected with at least 40 fatalities reported.

Since then heavy rain has also affected areas of KwaZulu-Natal Province in South Africa, in particular around the city of Durban.

The Province’s Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) reported severe flooding in Inanda, Verulam and KwaMashu, where homes and a bridge were damaged. Cogta said that at least 3 people have died in the flooding. Local media reported more are thought to be missing.

Cogta has organised a team of around 2,000 volunteers to assist clean-up operations. Local media reported that the flooding has dumped huge amounts of trash onto beaches around Durban.

Flash floods hit areas north of Durban, KwaZulu-Natal Province in South Africa, 10 March 2019. Photo: eThekwini Municipality

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