South Africa - Floods and landslides (SA Weather Service, media) (ECHO Daily Flash of 24 April 2019)

  • Heavy rainfall has been affecting eastern South Africa over the past few days, causing floods and landslides, which have resulted in casualties and damage. The most affected area is the province of KwaZulu-Natal, particularly the port city of Durban.
  • According to media reports as of 24 April at 8.00 UTC, 33 people died due to floods and mudslides, 23 in Durban city and ten in other areas. Dozens have been reported injured, buildings collapsed, roads flooded and the electricity supply damaged.
  • Search and rescue operations are ongoing and focused on looking for more survivors under the rubble of collapsed buildings.
  • Over the next 24 hours, heavy rain with thunderstorms are forecast over affected parts of the KwaZulu-Natal and northern areas of the Eastern Cape Province.Flood warnings are in placed over eastern and south-eastern areas of the country.