Flooding in South Africa leaves 9,000 homeless and 50 dead

January 6, 2011“Johannesburg – Floods in South Africa have claimed the lives of five people, two of them children, and left nearly 9,000 homeless over the past week, media report said Thursday. The deaths occurred in the provinces of Gauteng, where the cities of Johannesburg and Pretoria are located, and KwaZulu-Natal on the east coast, according to the South African Press Association (SAPA). Scores more were evacuated, while authorities have warned of possible flooding in other parts of the country. ” We are still assessing the worst cases [as] the bigger part of the area is inaccessible by vehicles,” said Pretoria communitysafety spokesman William Baloyi.” We are trying to move them into churches and available halls.” South African Weather Service forecaster Tshepo Ngobeni said there was an 80 per cent chance of more rain in some parts of the country on Thursday.” Earth Times

Update: Johannesburg, South Africa (CNN) — Heavy flooding has left at least 50 people dead and hundreds homeless in South Africa’s Eastern Cape Province as residents continue to battle adverse weather conditions that have plagued the country since mid-December, authorities said Friday. “We have requested the national government to declare the Eastern Cape a national disaster,” said Provincial Minister of Social Services Pemmy Majodina. “We are going to need billions of Rands to help residents reconstruct their homes and repair the damage caused by the floods.” CNN

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