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SA floods claim 395 lives, several thousands affected

SA floods claim 395 lives, several thousands affected

ROGAN WARD A devastating flood in South Africa's eastern coastal province earlier this week has left at least 395 people dead, the government said, as rescuers continued to hunt for missing people amid forecasts of yet more rains from Friday. "A total number of 40,723 people have been affected and sadly 341 (revised to 395 on Friday) fatalities have been reported," Sihle Zikalala, premier of the affected KwaZulu-Natal province, said in an online press conference. "We can confirm that the magnitude of the damage, which is still being quantified, will definitely run into billions of rand," he said, calling the…
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Mauritius prepares for the worst as vessel at centre of oil spill disintegrates

Mauritius prepares for the worst as vessel at centre of oil spill disintegrates

ZEENAT HANSROD Follow THE ship responsible for an oil spill in Mauritius is likely to break into two, worsening what is already an unmitigated ecological and economic disaster. Indigenous species are at risk of becoming extinct. Locals’ livelihoods are in danger. The island will take years to recover from the oil spill at Pointe d’Esny.  The population in Mauritius is oscillating between anger and despair. Anger because Mauritians feel that this catastrophe could have been avoided, and despair because of the extent of the damage. Grown men are crying who can no longer recognise the place where they grew up.…
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Severe winds wreck homes, lives in Mozambique

Severe winds wreck homes, lives in Mozambique

SEVERE winds and heavy rains wrecked thousands of buildings, ruined crops and displaced almost 7,000 people in Mozambique over the weekend, officials said in their first detailed report on the disaster. Tropical cyclone Eloise hit Mozambique's Sofala coastal province on Saturday morning before weakening and heading inland to dump rain on Zimbabwe, eSwatini - formerly known as Swaziland - and South Africa. Authorities initially said Eloise had only caused minor damage in Mozambique's port city of Beira but that it was too early to gauge the full extent of the damage across the rest of the region. Yesterday, Mozambique's National…
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