The death toll from floods in eastern South Africa rises to 341
As of 00:00 local time on Friday (April 15) in South Africa, 341 people were killed and 55 injured in the catastrophic floods in eastern South Africa caused by heavy rainfall.
A few days ago, a sudden heavy rainfall hit eastern South Africa and caused severe flooding. According to the report of the South African Meteorological Department, the rainfall in some areas was close to 300 mm in 24 hours and reached the regional rainfall record. It was one of the worst heavy rainfall in South Africa in the past 60 years. Major roads were cut in several areas, including Durban, the capital of KwaZulu-Natal province, a large number of buildings collapsed, and more than 40,000 people were made homeless.
According to the report of the Governor of KwaZulu-Natal Province, Sihele Zikarara, on the evening of the 14th, as of now, the floods have caused 341 deaths and 55 injuries, and with the increase of statistics, the number of casualties will increase Continue to climb. In addition, the floods washed away more than 6,000 buildings, including 248 schools, most of which have been temporarily closed in the area.
Zakaria said that the local government has dispatched staff to the disaster-stricken areas as soon as possible to clear roads, restore water and electricity supplies, resettle the affected people, and strive to restore the disaster-stricken areas to normal as soon as possible.
Previously, South African President Ramaphosa visited the disaster-stricken area on April 13 to condolence the affected people and promised that the South African government would do a good job in post-disaster reconstruction. At present, water and electricity supply in some affected areas has been gradually restored.