South Africa reports 443 deaths due to floods, army deploys 10,000 troops

South Africa: The country has recently been triggered by massive floods due to the heavy rains, which have claimed more than 440 lives. Dozens are still missing in the country as a team of rescue operations are searching for those missing people in the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) province of the country on Sunday, April 17, 2022.

Further, South African authorities also deployed 10,000 soldiers to provide food and shelter assistance to the people who are residing in the worst-affected areas.

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Due to the massive floods, the province has felt huge destruction which left thousands of citizens homeless. People are now witnessing power outages and not hitting water properly. The rescue operations are disrupted due to the continuous rain and flooded situation at one of Africa’s busiest ports, Durban.

As per the reports, the South Africa has recorded more than 10 billion rands in the destruction of the infrastructure.

Premier of the province, Sihle Zikala, informed that the death toll due to the flood had risen to 443, as a total of 63 people are unaccounted for.

Residents of the province are facing huge trouble as they asserted that they are terrified of a heavy flow of water. In the worst-affected areas, people have also been devastated by the news of the destruction of their loved ones.

One of the residents, named Mjoka, stated that her home had been fully destructed, but they hadn’t lost hope. She is a resident of Sunshine village in the Thekwini municipality whose eight-year-old nephew has been missing for the day the flood hit the area.

Further, President Cyril Ramaphosa‘s office asserted that on Saturday, he had delayed his scheduled visit to Saudi Arabia so that he could be focused on the disaster that hit the province.

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He will also meet his cabinet minister to take further action on the crisis.

KZN Premier Zikalala also said that these floods were among the worst in the recorded history of the province.