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South Africa’s president blames climate change after floods kill hundreds: NPR

A woman is seen through a damaged wall where she hangs her clothes on a temporary clothesline in Ntuzuma, outside Durban, South Africa, on Wednesday. Floods in South Africa’s Durban area have killed at least 259 people.

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A woman is seen through a damaged wall where she hangs her clothes on a temporary clothesline in Ntuzuma, outside Durban, South Africa, on Wednesday. Floods in South Africa’s Durban area have killed at least 259 people.

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JOHANNESBURG – Floods in South Africa’s Durban area have claimed at least 259 lives and are a “catastrophe of enormous proportions,” President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Wednesday.

“This disaster is part of climate change. It tells us that climate change is serious, they are here,” said Ramaphosa, who visited flooded areas in Durban and the surrounding eThekwini metropolitan area.

“We can no longer postpone what we have to do and the measures we have to take to deal with climate change,” he said.

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, left, talks to various grieving family members as part of his visit and assesses the damage after the heavy rainstorm that resulted in roads collapsing, properties being damaged and losing lives outside Durban.

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South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, left, talks to various grieving family members as part of his visit and assesses the damage after the heavy rainstorm that resulted in roads collapsing, properties being damaged and losing lives outside Durban.

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The death toll is expected to continue to rise, while search and rescue operations continue in KwaZulu-Natal province, officials said. The province is being declared a disaster area by the national government, Ramaphosa said.

“KwaZulu-Natal will be declared a provincial area with disaster so we are able to do things quickly. The bridges have collapsed, the roads have collapsed, people are dead and people are injured,” Ramaphosa said.

He said a family had lost 10 members in the devastating floods.

Residents have had to flee their homes as they were swept away, buildings collapsed and road infrastructure severely damaged. The port of Durban was flooded and shipping containers were swept away in a messy pile.

Shipping containers carried away and left in a messy pile of floods in Isipingo, south of Durban, South Africa on Tuesday.

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Shipping containers carried away and left in a messy pile of floods in Isipingo, south of Durban, South Africa on Tuesday.

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Authorities also sought to restore electricity to large parts of the province after severe flooding at various power plants.

Rescue efforts by the South African National Defense Force were delayed as the military air wing was also affected by the floods, said General Rudzani Maphwanya. The military was able to deploy crews and helicopters around the province on Wednesday, he said.

South Africa Weather Services has warned of continued winds and rain and the risk of continued flooding in Kwazulu-Natal and other provinces over the coming Easter weekend. South Africa’s Eastern Cape, Free State and North West provinces may be affected, it said.

Stranded people are standing in front of a bridge that was swept away in Ntuzuma outside Durban in South Africa on Tuesday.

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