Flood-hit KZN declared disaster area as death toll climbs to 60

The death toll from the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) floods has climbed to 60, with scores more people still missing. Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA) Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has declared the province a disaster area.

With more rains expected in KZN throughout the Easter weekend, authorities warn the devastation is far from over.

Non-stop heavy rains have wrecked havoc on the coastal areas in KZN, causing damage to roads, infrastructure, homes and businesses. Severe landslides have washed away bridges and roads have completely collapsed, in what is being dubbed the worst floods to hit the province since 2017.

President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to visit affected areas in the province on Wednesday, April13, to assess government’s response to this critical situation.

“This is a tragic toll of the force of nature and this situation calls for an effective response by government in partnership with communities,” said Ramaphosa.

“This situation calls on us to come together as a nation and offer assistance to those who desperately need our care and support.”

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