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Mudslides in South Africa; 23 Dead

South Africa record new mudslides which authorities say have claimed the lives of 23 people so far. The mudslides are said to have crushed down homes in the South African Port of Durban early Tuesday.

Reports say that among those killed were a six-month-old baby and a child aged around 10.

Last night the weather conditions worsened significantly … in various parts of the province, claiming at least 23 lives.


Nomusa Dube-Ncube, a KwaZulu-Natal provincial minister

Apart from those dead, at least 32 people have been hospitalized. According to a Rescue Care spokesperson by the name Garrith Jamieson; the victims were either crushed to death by mudslides or drowned in flood waters.

As at Tuesday morning, it was not known how many people were missing. However, the search and rescue response team unearthed the debris for those who may be trapped underneath. In addition to collapsed buildings and flooded roads, sewer lines were blocked and electricity pylons had toppled over.

Heavy rainfalls have flooded the eastern and southern parts of the South Africa since the beginning of the Easter holidays. So far even military men have been dispatched to help with rescue and evacuation efforts.

Warnings have been sent out to the public by the South African weather services that more heavy rainfalls are expected until Wednesday. South Africans are advised to be on the lookout and be careful when they go out.

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