Devastating floods hit South Africa

A woman stands at her front door after heavy rains caused flood damage in Durban, South Africa, Tuesday, April 12.

Rogan Ward/Reuters

Updated 2139 GMT (0539 HKT) April 13, 2022

A woman stands at her front door after heavy rains caused flood damage in Durban, South Africa, Tuesday, April 12.

Rogan Ward/Reuters

Torrential rains and flooding hit the east coast of South Africa, killing at least 259 people, damaging homes and destroying roads.

Flooding has affected the province of KwaZulu-Natal, which includes the coastal city of Durban. The roads cracked and gave way to deep cracks. A huge stack of cargo containers collapsed into the muddy water. The bridge was demolished and people were stranded on both sides.

Heavy rain has fallen in KwaZulu-Natal since Monday. In a statement posted on Facebook, the provincial government called it “one of the worst weather storms in our nation’s history.”

Teams have been working to evacuate areas that have experienced “landslides, floods and structural collapses of buildings and roads,” Sipho Khlomuka, a member of the Executive Council for Shared Management and Traditional Affairs in KwaZulu-Natal, said on Twitter.

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