Johannesburg (Times Of Ocean)- The death toll from flooding in KwaZulu-Natal, in the eastern coast of South Africa, has risen to 341.
“A total of 40,723 people have been affected, with 341 fatalities recorded,” KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala told a media briefing.
In addition to the 55 injuries reported so far, Zikalala said they were still tallying the number of people missing.
248 schools have been damaged, as well as several water plants, resulting in a water shortage.
“The level of destruction of human life, infrastructure, and service delivery networks in the province is unprecedented,” Zikalala said.
In parts of KwaZulu-Natal, unusually heavy rains started a few days ago, causing massive floods ahead of the Easter holidays that have caused havoc.
This is the worst natural disaster in over 30 years in the country, according to officials.