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At Least 59 died from Flash Floods and Mudslides

International desk
At Least 59
At least 59 people have lost their lives in the disaster but many are still missing.

Dangerous lifesaving efforts are underway across KwaZulu-Natal on Wednesday morning and communities are stepping up to help neighbors with food, shelter and other support.

The City of eThekwini and surrounding areas have been lashed by heavy rains that have washed away bridges and rendered some roads unusable.

KwaZulu-Natal government spokesperson, Lennox Mabaso, said that the province had now been declared a disaster area, which would help free up funding for rescue operations.

"It's devastating. We're seeing a very tragic situation where people are being recovered, others were washed away, others had houses that collapsed on them," Mabaso said.

President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to visit some of the hot spot areas on Wednesday to see the devastation on the ground first-hand.

Presidency spokesperson Tyrone Seale: "As the president prepares for this visit, his thoughts are with the families who have lost loved ones, people who have been injured and individuals, businesses and organizations that have lost property."

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