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Death toll in South Africa's flood rises to 87

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Christian Fernsby ▼ | May 3, 2019
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Africa   The South African authorities on Friday revised the death toll

The South African authorities on Friday revised the death toll from the recent flooding to 87, up from the previous 70.

The widespread flooding over the Easter weekend, resulted in the loss of 87 lives in KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern Cape and the Free State provinces.

Kwa-Zulu Natal, however, accounts for 71 of the fatalities, the National Disaster Management Centre (NDMC) said.

Heavy storms swept through the three provinces late April, causing severe flooding, which left behind a trail of destruction and displaced thousands of people.

The storms inflicted massive damage on critical public and private infrastructure, including health and educational facilities; as well as road and railway infrastructure across the three provinces, most notably in KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape, the NDMC said.

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