Floods in South Africa’s port city of Durban and surrounding areas in KwaZulu Natal (KZN) Province have killed more than 60 people according to a BBC report.
Among those killed by the floods are a six-month-old baby and a young child.
South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa said that more than 1 000 people have been displaced.
The province of KZN has been battered by strong winds and torrential rains over the past few days. Authorities have warned that more flooding is expected.
Ramaphosa was earlier on Wednesday flew to the affected areas where he laid a wreath where 7 people died. Speaking from the area, Ramaphosa said:
It was important to come and see what has happened. We pass our condolences to the families of those who have died in this disaster.
We are saddened by what has happened here. The loss of life is never easy, especially when so unexpected.
Meanwhile, rescue teams have been dispatched to the affected areas where they are combing rubble and collapsed buildings searching for survivors.