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Flooding and mudslides kill at least 60 in South Africa

Flooding and mudslides have killed at least 60 people on South Africa’s eastern coast, officials have said.

Most of the deaths were in KwaZulu-Natal province, where many homes collapsed, and at least three people died in neighbouring Eastern Cape.

Rescuers were digging through the collapsed buildings on Wednesday after days of heavy rain hit areas around the port city of Durban.

A car stuck in floodwater in Chatsworth, south of Durban
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A car stuck in floodwater in Chatsworth, south of Durban

More than 1,000 people have also fled their homes.

The extent of the rain late on Monday was unexpected, said Lennox Mabaso from the Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Department.

He said some people had been swept away by floodwater, adding: “There was flooding and some structures were undermined and collapsed on people.”

Debris scattered after flooding in Amanzimtoti, near Durban
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Officials say the extent of Monday evening’s rain was not anticipated

Victor da Silva, from the coastal town of Amanzimtoti, said his family managed to get out before the floods destroyed their home and cars.

He said: “On Monday, the water was just crazy.

“And yesterday morning I got here, everything was fine, my garage was still here, the other part of the house was still here, and it just couldn’t stop raining.

“And then an hour-and-a-half later, everything [vanished] because the rain just hasn’t stopped.”

President Ramaphosa laid a wreath where some of the victims died
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President Cyril Ramaphosa laid a wreath where some of the victims died

The deaths come a week after 13 people died when a wall at a church in KwaZulu-Natal collapsed after heavy rain.

Strong rain and wind is believed to have caused the collapse. Pic: Twitter/ @_ArriveAlive
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A church wall collapsed after bad weather last week, killing 13. Pic: Twitter/ @_ArriveAlive

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa visited the province on Wednesday and is expected to visit the Eastern Cape in the next few days.

“This is partly what climate change is about, that it just hits when we least expect it,” said Mr Ramaphosa.

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