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Sports SOUTH AFRICA: New rains hinder the helpless floods

17:30  16 april  2022
17:30  16 april  2022 Source:   20minutes.fr

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the nightmare continues in South Africa . News Rains This Saturday morning darkened the sky and the advances of relief after tragic floods that have been nearly 400 dead and tens of thousands of affected. Rescue operations are still in progress. "We will focus on medical emergencies," Garrith Jamieson explained, who runs rescue teams.

Most of the victims of the weather, who started last weekend on the east coast, were recorded in the Durban region, the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) port city open to the Indian Ocean. Dozens of people are still missing. The army with helicopters and more than 4,000 policemen have been deployed. But on the sixth day of the catastrophe, the hope of finding survivors is slim.

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The soils already saturated

"It has been raining since this morning in parts of the region. And even if it will not be so violent that in recent days, as the soil is already saturated with water, there is likely to be a lot of flooding, "explained the Forecriptionist Puseletso Mofokeng, the National Institute of Meteorology .


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Strong rains took away entire portions of roads, many infrastructures collapsed. The public transport operator tries in the urgency of restoring the main lines of communication. Priority is based on the reconstruction of the collapsible bridges, totally insulating parts of the agglomeration of more than 3.5 million.

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A sinister "Never seen before"

Some 4,000 houses have been shaved, more than 13,500 damaged, putting thousands of people on the street. Emergency accommodation has been opened but the place is lacking. Some have been sleeping for several days on chairs or cardboard tips posed on the floor. In some areas, water and electricity have been cut from Monday. Desperate drawing water from the eventd piping. Others tell that the rare foods that remained to them are now rotten.

President Cyril Ramaphosa lamented a sinister "never seen before in the country". Disaster status has been declared. NGOs are mobilized and food distributions continue. The tails are lying on the back of trucks to recover a bag of rice, pasta but also bottles of water and mattresses. Looting were reported. The region had already experienced massive destruction in July during a unique wave of riots and looting. The day before, volunteers armed with gloves and trash bags have begun to clean the beaches of Durban, usually popular with families and tourists.

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The country of habit spared

of the rains also slaughtered in the neighboring province of the Eastern Cape (South-East). Floods have already been reported in the coastal city region of Port St Johns. Four people died, according to the local NGO Gift of the Givers, presents on site. "The body of a 6-year-old boy was found yesterday," said AFP Corene Conradie, coordinator in the province. "Many houses have been destroyed, at least a hundred families are currently without roof."

South Africa is generally spared by the storms that affect neighboring countries like Madagascar or Mozambique every year during the cyclical season that runs from November to April.

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