South Africa floods declared national disaster as hope fades for missing
TRT World says South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has declared a national state of disaster over the deadly floods on the east coast, warning that rebuilding even basic services will take time.
“This is a humanitarian disaster that calls for a massive and urgent relief effort,” he said in a televised address on Monday. “The lives, health and well-being of thousands of people are still at risk.”
“The Port of Durban –– which is one of the largest and busiest shipping terminals on the continent and which is vital to our country’s economy –– has been severely affected,” he said.
At least 443 people have died, with 48 still missing, around the east coast city of Durban in KwaZulu-Natal province, the president said.
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