FLOOD SWEEPS AWAY 50 PEOPLE IN SOUTH AFRICA

FLOOD SWEEPS AWAY 50 PEOPLE IN SOUTH AFRICA

Flood kills 50 in South Africa

over 50 people have been reportedly killed and many more injured in southern and eastern parts of South Africa as a result of flooding and mudslides caused by heavy rain fall on Wednesday.

Reacting to the incident, Lennox Mabaso, a spokesman for the provincial Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs department, the region had experienced heavy rains for days, but authorities did not anticipate the extent of the downpour.

Mabaso said as a result there was flooding and some structures were undermined and collapsed on people, adding that some people were swept away by the water.

Multiple dwellings and houses have been reported to have collapsed in the mudslides, while the state broadcaster SABC, reports that flooding also killed at least three people in the Eastern Cape province on Wednesday.

President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to visit communities in both provinces, his office said on Twitter on Wednesday.

Just recently 13 people were killed during an Easter service in KwaZulu-Natal when a church wall collapsed after days of heavy rains and strong winds.

 

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