South Africa floods death
JOHANNESBURG (Associated Press) – South Africa has declared a state of national disaster, committing $67 million to help those affected by floods that have killed at least 448 people in the eastern city of Durban and the surrounding province of KwaZulu-Natal.
Rescue workers are still searching for dozens of people still missing in KwaZulu-Natal province, South Africa.
After torrential rains in recent days triggered floods and mudslides that killed more than 440 people.
South Africa launches relief for Durban flooding, 448 dead
Nearly 4,000 homes have been destroyed and more than 40,000 people displaced by floods and mudslides triggered by the prolonged torrential rains, regional officials said Tuesday.
More than 40 people are still missing and nearly 600 schools have been damaged with an estimated $28 million in damages, according to officials.
On Sunday, the provincial chief minister, Sohail Zikalala, said the death toll had risen to 443, with 63 people missing.
And in some of the hardest-hit areas, residents said they were frightened by the idea of more rain, which was expected on Sunday.
Some have faced a agonizing wait for the news of the loss of loved ones.
The South African Army has deployed 10,000 soldiers in Operation Chariot to aid in the ongoing search and rescue effort, provide food, water and clothing for flood victims, and rebuild collapsed roads and bridges.
Water tankers have been sent to areas where access to clean water has been disrupted and teams are working to restore electricity to large areas.
In a nearby semi-rural area, three members of the Sepia family were killed when the walls of the room they were sleeping in collapsed and four-year-old Bonjica Sepia is still missing.
The South African-born Hollywood actress, Charlize Theron, has also appealed for financial donations for flood relief through the Africa Awareness Project.
South Africa has been in a state of national disaster due to COVID-19 since March 2020 until it was lifted two weeks ago, but has now been brought back in response to the Durban floods.