Floods in South Africa killed 259 people and destroyed roads



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Heavy rain and flood It hit South Africa’s east coast on Wednesday, killing at least 259 people, damaging roads and destroying homes.

The provincial government said in a tweet on Twitter that the tragedy represented “one of the darkest moments in the history” of KwaZulu-Natal province.

“We join families in mourning the lives we lost as a result of the torrential rains,” the government wrote. “We would like to commend the disaster management teams for the tireless work they are doing to evacuate the affected communities.”

The Floods hit KwaZulu-Natalwhich includes the coastal city of Durban. Pictures from the news agency showed that roads cracked and gave way to deep fissures and a huge pile of shipping containers collapsed in the muddy waters.

A bridge near Durban was swept away, leaving people stranded on either side.

The city of KwaZulu-Natal has experienced torrential rain since Monday in what the provincial government described as “one of the worst weather storms in our country’s history” in Statement posted on Facebook.

She added, “The heavy rain that fell on our land during the past few days has caused untold destruction and caused severe damage to lives and infrastructure.”

The county government later said it was continuing to work with the national government to ensure relief was provided to all those affected.

Shipping containers fell in heavy rain and wind in Durban.

Sifu Hlumuka, a member of the Executive Board for Collaborative Governance and Traditional Affairs in KwaZulu-Natal, said on Twitter on Tuesday that teams worked to evacuate people in areas that experienced “mudslides, floods and structural collapses of buildings and roads”.

“Heavy rains affected power lines in many municipalities, with technical teams working around the clock to restore electricity,” Hlomoka added.

The flooded power stations are inaccessible in the hard-hit I Thekwini municipality, Mayor Mxulisi Kaunda told reporters, while water pipes were also damaged.

He said the local government had asked private and religious institutions to assist in emergency relief operations, and had asked for help from the South African National Defense Forces to provide air support.

A road and a house were badly damaged after heavy rain in Durban on Tuesday.

The extreme weather comes just months after torrential rain and flooding hit other parts of South Africa, with three tropical cyclones and two tropical storms over the course of just six weeks from late January. 230 deaths were reported and 1 million people affected.

Scientists from the World Weather Attribution (WWA) project — which analyzes the extent to which the climate crisis contributes to an extreme weather event — found that climate change made those events more likely.

“Once again we see how the people least responsible for climate change bear the brunt of the impacts,” WWA’s Frederic Otto, of the Grantham Institute for Climate Change and the Environment at Imperial College London, said Tuesday, referring to previous storms in South Africa.

“Rich countries must honor their commitments and increase much-needed funding for adaptation and to compensate victims of extreme events driven by climate change with compensation for losses and damages,” she added.

This is expected to be a major sticking point in the upcoming international climate negotiations, the COP27 conference in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, in November.

Scientists have warned that the world should try to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial temperatures, some 200 years ago, to stave off some of the irreversible effects of climate change. Earth is already about 1.2 degrees warmer.

In Southeast Africa, a two degree warming is expected to lead to an increase in Frequency and intensity of rain and floodand an increase in the intensity of strong tropical cyclones associated with heavy precipitation.

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