Death toll from heavy rains and flooding in South Africa is now at 283

The provincial government of KwaZulu-Natal confirmed that the death toll has reached 283 from the severe flooding that hit South Africa’s eastern coast.

In a statement shared on Twitter, the provincial government said there was also a declaration of a state of disaster following a visit by South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Wednesday.

KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala sought the approval of President Ramaphosa on the declaration.

There were no specific figures on the extent of damages to infrastructure but the provincial government said it has reached billions.

Water and electricity supply has also been badly affected in most areas in the province and over 200 schools have been damaged by what was considered the “worst weather storms” in the history of KwaZulu-Natal.

The provincial government said it has mobilized resources to speed up the recovery of missing individuals.

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