According to South Africa’s President, Climate Change Has Caused Historic Flooding that Killed 259

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Historic and devastating floods in South Africa have so far claimed the lives of 259 people in the East Coast city of Durban and surrounding area of the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) province, The Guardian reported.

The flooding, which was brought on by the heaviest rains in 60 years, has left countless missing. Authorities have designated the storm as the deadliest on record for the country.

Flooding causes containers to collapse in Durban Port, South Africa – Getty Images

“At the moment the confirmed figures of people that have perished during this disaster is 259, across the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) province,”Nonala Ndlovu spoke on behalf of the provincial disaster management division to AFP.

Cyril Ramaphosa South African President has described the floods to be a “catastrophe”And a “calamity.”

“Bridges have collapsed. Roads have collapsed. People have died … this is a catastrophe of enormous proportions,”He stated.

It is unknown how many people are still missing from the floods that have washed through the area, knocking down homes, collapsing roads and bridges, as well as destroying areas like the city’s famous ports. Ramaphosa promised to “spare nothing”He was involved in the relief of the disaster as well as the fight against climate change, which he claimed is the main reason for the flooding.

“This disaster is part of climate change. We no longer can postpone what we need to do … to deal with climate change,”He stated. “It is here, and our disaster management capability needs to be at a higher level.”

Ramaphosa said 10 members of a single family were lost in the devastating floods, according to U.S. News and World Report.

Because of poor visibility, authorities are having difficulty finding people who are missing or trapped. BBC reported. More flooding is expected.

Flooding on the East Coast of South Africa causes roads to buckle and collapse. – Getty Images

BBC reported that electrical and cell phone towers were destroyed and that much of the area was devastated by the disaster.

Durban is a beach city that is well-known for its surfing and resorts. It is also known for its colonial, Indian, and African influences.