By NWANKWO, Grace Chinasa
The death toll in South Africa continues to increase as the country is being hit by intense rainfall and damaging flooding where at least 60 people have now perished in the KwaZulu-Natal province in the south-east.
The rain which began on Monday night flooded settlements, ravaged homes, swept away roads and displaced people.
In a statement on Tuesday, the provincial government, which confirmed the number of dead, said the fatalities could rise further. Hence residents were asked to avoid all travel.
South Africa’s army has been deployed to participate in rescue operations as residents including schoolchildren were trapped for several hours because of the rising waters.
The African Union Commission’s Chairperson, Moussa Faki Mahamat, tweeted his “sincere condolences” to families who have “lost loved ones” on Tuesday evening.
President Cyril Ramaphosa who deplored a “tragic event” is visiting the affected area on Wednesday, 13th April, 2022.