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SA President visits KZN province, after more than 253 died in raging floods.

SA President visits KZN province, after more than 253 died in raging floods.

AFRICAN MIRROR REPORTER South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, who cut his official trip to Mozambique, has arrived in KwaZulu-Natal to lead efforts to help the people in the province recover from floods that have killed more than 253 people, left thousands more homeless and destroyed key infrastructure in and around Durban. Ramaphosa, supported by Dr Nkosazana Zuma, the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, was met by KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala before going to into a meeting where he was briefed about the situation. The South African National Defence Force was called in as emergency services, assisted by charity…
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South Africa says Durban port functional after flood devastation

South Africa says Durban port functional after flood devastation

HELEN REID and NELSON BANYA SOUTH AFRICA'S major port of Durban, where operations were disrupted by severe flooding last week, is now functional and a backlog of thousands of containers will be cleared within five to six days, the public enterprises minister said. The floods caused extensive damage to roads leading to Durban port, one of the busiest shipping terminals in Africa and a key hub for exports like metals and agricultural commodities and imports like fuel. Scientists believe the southeastern coast of Africa is becoming more vulnerable to violent storms and floods as human emissions of heat-trapping gases cause…
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Severe floods hit 760,000 people in West and Central Africa

Severe floods hit 760,000 people in West and Central Africa

BOUREIMA BALIMA  NIGERIAN student Hachimou Abdou has had to catch a boat to classes since river water swamped his route to university in the capital Niamey - one of about 760,000 people hit by severe flooding in recent weeks in parts of West and Central Africa. Floods are common during the rainy season, but in recent years climate change, land degradation and poor urban planning have led to more frequent disasters as rapidly-growing cities struggle with heavier-than-normal rainfall. Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Ghana, Niger, Mali, Nigeria, Congo Republic and Senegal are among those worst-hit this year, with at least 111…
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Storm Eloise kills at least 12

Storm Eloise kills at least 12

THE death toll from storm Eloise has risen to at least 12, according to figures from authorities across south-eastern Africa, where heavy winds, rain and flooding have also destroyed buildings and crops. A tropical cyclone when it made landfall at Mozambique's central province of Sofala on Saturday, Eloise subsequently weakened to a tropical storm as it moved inland to dump rain on Zimbabwe, eSwatini - formerly known as Swaziland - South Africa and Botswana. Six people were killed in Mozambique, the country's National Institute for Disaster Risk Management and Reduction (INGD) reported, while the number of displaced people rose to…
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