Share via Email This article is over 7 years old The Vaal dam overflows near Johannesburg earlier this month. Seven of South Africa's nine provinces have been affected by flooding. With unusually heavy rainfall forecast until March, the UN has warned that almost every country in southern Africa is on alert for potentially disastrous flooding.
Police spokesman Superintendent Henri Budhram, speaking in Pietermaritzburg, said shocked relatives of missing people in the KwaZulu-Natal shanty were helping police and army troops scour the muddied river banks.
The death toll was expected to climb. Police divers were plumbing the river for corpses and a police helicopter was assisting in the search, he added.
KwaZulu-Natal provincial authorities declared Pietermaritzburg, the provincial capital, a disaster area after more than 1, people were left homeless by the flash flood, which swept through Edendale, a crowded black township 10 kilometres six miles from Pietermaritzburg, late on Christmas Day.
Rescue workers said adverse weather conditions were hampering efforts to get blankets and food to those affected before nightfall. Budhram said security forces evacuated people whose homes were under water.
Some were plucked from their rooftops by police helicopters. He confirmed the flood had caused a lot of damage in the Edendale valley, through which the normally placid Umsindusi flows. Victims had taken refuge at police stations and community halls, he added.
One Edendale resident told of seeing a family of four - mother, father and two children - all being swept away to their deaths. Aerial of broken bridge.
Zooming out of upturned van in river by rapids. MS on ground of car by river. Cables down on field as camera pans over scene.
INT house and pan muddy floor to bedhead. EXT woman and children in front of house. Group of men carry body bag across mud. Body loaded onto pallet for helicopter. Helicopter in air carrying body.Jun 21, · Africa.
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Pretoria - Flash floods wreaked havoc in Pretoria east on Monday and in Joburg and Ekurhuleni two days later - but it was only just the beginning, according to the South African Weather Service. The death toll could have been much worse, officials said, because the building, which houses a nursery school, collapsed half an hour before children were due to arrive at 9am.
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South Africa has declared eight of its nine provinces disaster areas after 41 people died in floods in a month. Co-operative Government Minister Sicelo Shiceka said the flood damage is estimated.
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