After the storm disaster in South Africa, the death toll in the coastal province of KwaZulu-Natal has risen to 443. The Prime Minister of the province, Sihle Zikalala, announced this on Sunday and expressed his condolences to the affected families.
With heavy rains announced again for the weekend, the provincial government prepared for further emergencies and possible evacuations. Rescue workers were also on call while the clean-up and rescue work continued.
Since last Monday, heavy rains have caused chaos and destruction in the province. The metropolis of Durban was hit by floods and mudslides.
The water masses devastated houses, flooded settlements, tore down roads and left thousands of people without shelter. Many of those affected are in urgent need of humanitarian aid.
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The port of Durban, one of Africa’s largest cargo ports, was closed until further notice. Some areas had neither electricity nor running water. South African President Cyril Ramaphosa declared the region a disaster area.
The coastal province of KwaZulu-Natal on the Indian Ocean is one of the most important holiday destinations in South Africa and had actually already prepared for the traditional Easter rush of domestic and foreign tourists.