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A girl stands at her entrance door after heavy rains induced flood harm in Durban, South Africa, on Tuesday, April 12.

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Up to date 5:39 PM ET, Wed April 13, 2022

A girl stands at her entrance door after heavy rains induced flood harm in Durban, South Africa, on Tuesday, April 12.

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Heavy rains and flooding battered the eastern coast of South Africa, killing at the very least 259 folks whereas damaging houses and destroying roads.

The flooding hit the province of KwaZulu-Natal, which incorporates the coastal metropolis of Durban. Roads cracked and gave strategy to deep fissures. An enormous stack of delivery containers collapsed into muddy waters. A bridge was swept away, leaving folks stranded on both facet.

KwaZulu-Natal has skilled excessive rainfall since Monday. In an announcement posted to Fb, the provincial authorities known as it “one of many worst climate storms within the historical past of our nation.”

Groups have been working to evacuate areas that skilled “mudslides, flooding and structural collapses of buildings and roads,” Sipho Hlomuka, a member of the Govt Council for Co-operative Governance and Conventional Affairs in KwaZulu-Natal, mentioned on Twitter.