South Africa Evacuates Hundreds of People After New Floods

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South Africa has evacuated hundreds of people in the eastern province of KwaZulu-Natal, the region is again ravaged by heavy rains, flooding homes and roads. This was announced by a government official. The province is still recovering from the severe flooding in April, which killed 448 people.

 

“Heavy rainfall has caused flooding of roads, houses and property damage. Some areas are inaccessible at this stage and have become islands,” a local government official said of the flooding in KwaZulu-Natal.

Local news media shows photos of houses washed away by the water. There are no reports of fatalities yet.

The South African Weather Service warned last weekend that heavy rain would fall again in the KwaZulu-Natal province. Several cities, including the city of Durban, were affected.

The official also said that some 250 people were evacuated from care centres in the cities of Tongaat and Durban. “One family was evacuated due to the collapse of their home,” the official added. The government reacted more vigilantly, after the very severe flooding in April, and wanted to prevent the heavy rainfall from costing lives again.

Continued rain over the weekend left the alert level issued by the South African Weather Service at level 10, the highest and most serious level.

Global warming makes the southeastern coast of Africa more vulnerable to storms and severe flooding, scientists say. They expect the situation to deteriorate dramatically in the coming decades.

The region was also hit by severe flooding in April, killing 448 people, 88 of whom are still missing. More than 6,800 people lost their homes.

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