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Global warming made South Africa’s recent floods twice as likely, study says

Global warming made South Africa’s recent floods twice as likely, study says

TIM COCKS GLOBAL warming made the heavy rains behind South Africa's devastating floods last month twice as likely as they would have been if greenhouse gas emissions had never heated the planet, scientists said. Flash floods around the east coast city of Durban killed 435 people, left tens of thousands homeless and caused 10 billion rand ($621.73 million) worth of damage to roads, power lines, water pipes and one of Africa's busiest ports. The World Weather Attribution group analysed weather data and digital simulations to compare today's climate to that of before the industrial revolution in the late 1800s when…
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Floods create health risks: what to look out for and how to avoid them

Floods create health risks: what to look out for and how to avoid them

RECENTLY South Africa has experienced heavy rains which resulted in floods in some parts of the country. In the coastal city of Durban hundreds of people have died and families have been displaced in the aftermath. Water pipes, sewerage systems and roads have also been damaged. Public health experts, Juno Thomas and Linda Erasmus from the country’s National Institute for Communicable Diseases explain what kind of health risks can emerge as a result of flood disasters and what actions can be taken. Authors JUNO THOMAS, Head: Centre for Enteric Diseases, National Institute for Communicable Diseases LINDA ERASMUS, Medical epidemiologist: Centre…
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SA releases emergency funds for floods relief

SA releases emergency funds for floods relief

ROGAN WARD SOUTH AFRICANS were searching for survivors of floods that killed almost 400 people, according to the latest tally, washing away homes and roads and leaving thousands without shelter, water and power. The floods in Kwazulu-Natal province have knocked out power lines, shut down water services and disrupted operations at one of Africa's busiest ports. The death toll rose to 395 on Friday from an earlier estimate of 341. Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana told TV station Newsroom Afrika that an initial 1 billion rand ($68.3 million) for emergency relief was available for immediate use after the province was declared…
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