Deluge sweeps South Africa

Deluge sweeps South Africa
Floods in South Africa

The southern and eastern parts of South Africa have been encountered with torrential rain in the last few days. Reports allege the death toll to have risen to at least 60 people. Heavy rainfall caused deadly flooding in South African towns since Monday night. Although floods and mudslides have swallowed most of the eastern and the wider province of KwaZulu-Natal, the coastal city of Durban was one of the hardest-hit areas. The city witnessed more than 150 mm (6 inches) of rainfall within a 12-hour period. According to reports, the South African cities usually experience normal rainfall through the entire month of April. The rainfall is recorded only around 90 mm (3.5 inches).  In a statement, President Cyril Ramaphosa said that more than 1,000 people were been displaced. The death toll may continue to rise as rescue crews continue to excavate through debris from mudslides. Moreover, floodwaters continue to swell through the area.

Amidst reports of damaged businesses, submerged homes and destruction of at least two universities, a six-month-old baby and a young child are also among succumbed victims to the natural phenomenon. President Cyril Ramaphosa expressed despondency by laying a wreath at a place, where seven people were victimized to the natural disaster. He visited the distressed families and patiently paying heed to their grievances and brushed-off his own bodyguards who tried to block people from talking to him. Weather reports prognoses more flooding and strong winds in coastal areas and a severe weather warning are still in place.