At least 45 killed by heavy rains and flooding in eastern South Africa

heavy rains and flooding in eastern South Africa

At least 45 people have died as a result of heavy rains and floods recorded this Tuesday in the province of KwaZulu-Natal, located on the east coast of South Africa.

As confirmed by the local authority to the South African news portal News24, the death toll is likely to rise as rescue teams gain access to areas that, for the time being, remain impassable.

One of the areas most affected by the inclement weather has been the city of Durban, with just over three million inhabitants and where the emergency services have acknowledged being overwhelmed by the number of calls for help they have received.

Rescue teams have fanned out across the city and surrounding areas, rescuing people trapped on rooftops and under tons of sand and debris after multiple homes have collapsed.

In this context, social networks have been filled with publications from residents of the area in which they share photographs and videos of the situation that exists in the place with roads and houses destroyed, large floods and cars submerged by water. Images of bone remains from a city cemetery have even been shared, which have come to the surface due to earthworks.

As the local press recalls, already in 2019 there were strong storms similar to those of this occasion and that also led to floods that claimed the lives of 85 people.