Floods leave nearly 400 dead in South Africa

Durban foi a cidade mais atingida pelas enchentes na província de KwaZulu-Natal, leste da África do Sul.

Durban was the city most affected by the floods in the province of KwaZulu-Natal, eastern South Africa.| Photo: Stringer/EFE/EPA

The number of deaths due to severe flooding in the province of KwaZulu-Natal, in eastern South Africa, increased this Saturday with three more deaths, reaching a total of 380, and at least 27 people are still missing, official sources said. Emergency teams continue to work in the devastated area, which is again on alert due to the forecast of heavy rains and winds. Local authorities, who have described this disaster as one of the “darkest” moments in the province’s history, estimate that about 40 a thousand people have been affected by the floods since the start of torrential rains last Monday. They also estimate that 3.937 houses were totally destroyed and 8. partially damaged.

The most affected region is the Durban area, which is the largest city in KwaZulu-Natal and the third largest in South Africa. Electricity infrastructure, running water and many medical centers were severely damaged. According to calculations by Mxolisi Kaunda, mayor of Durban, in that municipality alone the damage was quantified on Thursday at 720 million rand (approximately 50 million euros).

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