The death toll from a devastating storm that hit KwaZulu-Natal on Monday night and continued into Tuesday morning has risen to 70, the provincial acting premier said

Sihle Zikalala made the announcement at a media briefing on Thursday morning, according to broadcaster eNCA.

The death toll is expected to rise as rescue teams are continuing the search operations.

The first priority of the provincial government is a clean-up operation in the most affected areas and ensuring dignified burials for the dead.

eThekwini (Durban and surrounds), King Chetswayo (Richards Bay and surrounds), Ugu (South Coast and surrounds) and Harry Gwala (uMzimkhulu and surrounds) were severely affected by the storm.

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President Cyril Ramaphosa was in the province on Wednesday and said that national Treasury had approved funds for KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape, which was also hit with heavy rains and flooding.

Four deaths have been reported thus far in the Eastern Cape.

The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs said it would release a comprehensive statement on planned interventions later in the day.

Take a look at some of the images from the flooding below:

 

South Africa – Durban – 23 April 2019 – Deadly; unforgiving downpours have claimed several lives in the Durban floods; and the major roads around the city are subject to a traffic nightmare on Tuesday. Severe downpours across KwaZulu-Natal have had tragic consequences overnight. The Durban floods have claimed the lives of 23 local residents; including four in the same house which collapsed. The rain has battered eThekwini and there were traffic chaos all across the municipality on Tuesday morning. Picture :Leon Lestrade/African News Agency(ANA).

 

Image source: ANA Newswire

 

Image source: ANA Newswire

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Author: ANA Newswire