Wed. Jul 24th, 2019

Durban floods: Six-month-old confirmed dead

durban kzn floods april 2019Flooding in Durban has claimed the lives of over 50 people as mudslides devastated homes in the region.

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At least 51 people have been killed in flooding in South Africa, a local official said Wednesday, as President Cyril Ramaphosa flew into the deluged eastern region of the country.

Among those killed in floods and mudslides that crushed homes in Durban on Tuesday were a six-month-old baby and a young child.

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Photo: RAJESH JANTILAL / AFP

Heavy rains have lashed South Africa in recent days, with the southern and eastern parts of the country badly hit since last weekend.

“Our hearts go out particularly to families and communities who have been directly affected by death, injury and the loss of property,” Ramaphosa said in a statement after returning from crisis talks in Egypt on the situations in Libya and Sudan.

“This situation calls on all of us to pull together as a country to reach out to affected communities.”

The death toll jumped from 33 on Tuesday, as rescuers continued to comb debris for those who might be trapped underneath landslides.

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Women begin to rebuild their homes after they were destroyed by torrential rains and flash floods destroyed houses at an informal settlement of BottleBrush, south of Durban, on 23 April 2019. Photo: RAJESH JANTILAL / AFP

In addition to collapsed buildings and flooded roads, sewer lines were blocked and electricity pylons toppled over.

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People begin to clear debris at an informal settlement of BottleBrush, south of Durban, after torrential rains and flash floods caused huge damages to their homes. Photo: RAJESH JANTILAL / AFP

South African military personnel have been dispatched to help rescue and evacuation efforts.

The South African Weather Services warned that more heavy rain and gale force winds were expected, which could threaten low-lying bridges and roads.

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This picture taken on 23 April 2019 shows the Umhlatuzana Hindu Temple, south of Durban, damaged after the township was hit by heavy rain and flash floods following torrential downpour. Photo: RAJESH JANTILAL / AFP

“Unfortunately the numbers have risen to 51. In previous years we have tried to remove people from low-lying areas,” a regional minister, Nomusa Dube-Ncube, told SA FM radio.

“We will continue with negotiations in some of the areas where we believe the long-term solution is people moving out.”

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Police officers try to rescue people trapped in their homes destroyed in a mudslide following torrential downpours and flash floods, near Westcliff Secondary School in Chatsworth, south of Durban. Photo: RAJESH JANTILAL / AFP

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