The death toll from the recent flooding in South Africa is expected to rise further. The eastern province of KwaZulu-Natal, which includes the popular city of Durban, has endured significant rain and flooding in recent days. So far on Thursday, April 4, 341 deaths have been reported, with more possible. South African officials have revealed the situations of numerous missing families who have yet to be found.
The unbroken precipitation is expected to persist for several days. Homes, buildings, bridges, and highways have all been devastated as a result of this calamity. The massive destruction has disrupted the daily lives of South Africans in the KwaZulu-Natal province, forcing major companies and schools to close. The damage to the province is estimated to have cost $52 million so far, according to eThekwini (Durban) Mayor Mxolosi Kaunda on Thursday. Due to flood damage, an estimated 120 schools are closed. More than $26 million is required for reconstruction and educational institution stabilization.
Angie Motshekga, the minister of education, has reported that just 18 children and one teacher have died so far. On Thursday, Motshekga issued a statement in which he stated, “This is a calamity, and the devastation is unprecedented.” What’s more concerning is that further rain is anticipated in the same places that are already under water.
Flooding has resulted in total blackouts and the destruction of water sources. According to eTheKwini metropolitan region officials, these services are not expected to be restored for another week. The ongoing rain is expected to prolong the recovery process, as it is uncertain when these services will be able to resume operations.
Protesters have complained about the inadequacy of government aid. According to South African media sources, police have been given permission to use stun grenades to demolish demonstrators in Durban’s Reservoir Hills region. “The South African National Defense Force has dispatched troops to help with rescue and mop-up missions,” ABC News reports.
President Cyril Ramaphosa has called an emergency cabinet meeting to expedite reconstruction funds. “We will declare KwaZulu-Natal a provincial disaster region so that we can act quickly,” Ramaphosa added. Bridges and roads have crumbled, people have perished, and many have been injured.
The declaration of a natural catastrophe accelerates the release of endowment, resulting in damage restitution. On Wednesday, April 13, the president made repeated visits to disaster-affected districts.
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