a Heavy rains and floods have disrupted life in the city of Durban and in the eastern province of KwaZulu-Natal, killing at least 340 people. Rainfall is also forecast to continue with thunderstorms in the coming days.
The rains have caused accidents in the province, with houses collapsing, many buildings damaged and many important roads washed away. At the same time, officials say the death toll is expected to rise further in the coming days as many families are still missing.
Mayor McCulloch Kunda said Thursday that an estimated $ 52 million had been lost in the metropolitan area of Durban and the surrounding Ithaquin. At least 120 schools have been flooded, causing an estimated 26 million in damage, and authorities have temporarily closed schools in the province for this reason.
At the same time, Education Minister Angie Moshega said the floods had killed at least 18 students and one teacher from various schools. The education minister said in a statement: “This is an accident and it has caused a lot of damage. The concern is that the rains are likely to continue and the situation in the already affected areas is likely to worsen.
According to African media reports, police used stun grenades to disperse protesters in the Reservoir Hills of Durban due to lack of administrative support. The South African National Defense Force has been deployed to assist in relief and operations.