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Officials step up relief efforts after deadly KZN floods

More than 50 people have died and hundreds are displaced after heavy rains brought flooding and mudslides to areas around Durban.

More than 50 people were killed following heavy rain and flooding in areas around Durban. Picture: @CyrilRamaphosa/Twitter

CAPE TOWN - Relief efforts in areas devastated by flooding will be stepped up as mop-up operations continue in KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape.

More than 50 people have died and hundreds are displaced after heavy rain brought flooding and mudslides to areas around Durban.

On Wednesday, President Cyril Ramaphosa visited affected areas and announced plans by National Treasury to release emergency funds to help with relief operations.

Acting KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala explained: “We’re grateful for the support. We’re trying to consolidate the emergency support and ensure that all those who lost their houses get accommodation.”

HOW TO HELP KZN AND EC FLOOD VICTIMS

The eThekwini Municipality has been hit by heavy rains that have resulted in mudslides.

Several people are still unaccounted for, while some schools and universities remain closed due to the destruction.

Several people on Twitter have replied to the hashtag #CountryDuty and have pledged money, food and general assistance for the victims:

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)

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