Authorities announced on Tuesday that at least 45 people died in floods and mudslides across South Africa’s port city of Durban (capital of KwaZulu-Natal State) as a result of recent heavy rains. According to reports, a representative for the Department of Cooperation and Traditional Affairs said: “We are still getting information from the emergency services,” said one official, “so the death toll could grow.”
Private rescue personnel and paramedics have uploaded video footage of flooded metropolitan roadways, drowned cars, and destroyed houses. The KZN disaster management agency said in a statement that rescue and evacuation efforts are still going on.
It’s a terrible catastrophe, with mudslides, injuries, and collapsed buildings, rescue worker Garrith Jamieson told AFP. “There will be more deaths,” he said. People in the southern province of KwaZulu-Natal were told to stay at home, and people who live in low-lying areas were told to move to higher ground by the risk management department.
According to local media, between 11 and 20 people have died, but these figures have yet to be confirmed. According to projections, the heavy rains will continue on Tuesday.