Flooding and mudslides in the South African city of Durban and the wider province of KwaZulu-Natal have killed at least 60 people, officials say.
A six-month-old baby and a small child are among the dead. 1
Southern and eastern parts of the country have been hit hard by heavy rains in recent days. 19659007] In the coastal areas, further flooding and strong winds are expected, and there is still a severe weather warning.
The raging floods have damaged businesses, homes and at least two universities – hundreds of people have been displaced.
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa visits those who lost family members in the floods.
Nomsa Maseko of the BBC reports that the president put a wreath in a place where eight people died. It has also seen him push back his bodyguards, who tried to prevent people from talking to him.
"It was important to come and see what happened, we speak to the families of those who died in this disaster, our condolences are saddened by what happened here, the loss of life is never easy Especially when it's so unexpected, "he said on the floor.
On Wednesday, he issued a statement saying, "This situation calls us all to join together as a country to reach affected communities." Meanwhile, provincial minister Nomusa Dube-Ncube told SAFM Radio that officials continue to assess the damage, according to news agency AFP.
In the long term, people may need to be removed from the affected areas, she added.
Dozens of people were taken to a hospital and search and rescue teams are searching for more survivors under the rubble of collapsed buildings. 19659023]