South Africa floods and mudslides kill 33
Author: indiadmin April 24, 2019
The death toll from floods and mudslides that crushed homes in the South African port of Durban on Tuesday has risen to 33, with reports of children missing and scores of people displaced, authorities said.
“Heavy rains have since claimed 33 lives so far,” Nomusa Dube-Ncube, a KwaZulu-Natal provincial minister said in a statement.
Among those killed were a six-month-old baby and a child aged around 10. She added that 10 children are missing in Durban and 42 people have been injured.
At least 145 people have been displaced, the government said.
Heavy rains have lashed South Africa in recent days, with the southern and eastern parts of the country badly hit since the start of Easter weekend. “Last night the weather conditions worsened significantly,” Dube-Ncube said.
Government said dozens of incidents of collapsed walls and flooded homes were reported throughout the night, as roads were also flooded.
Those killed were either crushed to death by mudslides or drowned in flood waters, Rescue Care spokesman Garrith Jamieson said.
Search and rescue operations have combed the debris for those who might be trapped underneath. In addition to collapsed buildings and flooded roads, sewer lines were blocked and electricity pylons had toppled over.
South African military personnel have been dispatched to help rescue and evacuation efforts. Government, political and religious groups were Tuesday handing out food parcels to the affected people. The South African Weather Services warned that more heavy rain and gale force winds were expected until Wednesday, which could threaten low-lying bridges and roads.