By David Mackenzie, Larry Maddow, Mia Alberti and Angela Dewan | Nation World News
Heavy rains and floods have ravaged South Africa’s east coast, killing at least 59 people, damaging roads and destroying homes, prompting authorities to urge residents to stay at home Is.
Images from the news agency showed floods affected the province of KwaZulu-Natal, including the coastal city of Durban, where roads were broken and deep cracks broke out, and a huge pile of shipping containers fell into the mud. A bridge washed away near Durban, trapping people on both sides.
KwaZulu-Natal has received extreme rain since Monday, which the provincial government called “one of the worst weather storms in the history of our country” in a statement posted on Facebook, where it also gave the death toll.
“The heavy rains that have hit our land in the last few days have wreaked havoc and caused huge damage to life and infrastructure,” the statement said.
Sifo Halomuka, a member of the Executive Council for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs in KwaZulu-Natal, said on Twitter on Tuesday that teams are evacuating people in areas that have experienced “soil erosion, flooding and structural collapse of buildings and roads”. did.
“Heavy rains have affected power lines in several municipalities and technical teams are working round the clock to restore power,” Halomuka said.
Mayor Maksolisi Kaunda told reporters that power stations were flooded and inaccessible in hard-hit Ethequini municipality, while water mains were also damaged.
He said the local government had asked private and religious institutions to assist with emergency relief operations and requested help from the South African National Defense Force to provide air support.
The peak season comes just months after heavy rains and flooding lashed other parts of southern Africa, with three tropical cyclones and two tropical storms in just six weeks from late January. 230 deaths were reported and 1 million people were affected.
Scientists from the World Weather Attribution (WWA) project — which analyzes how much climate crisis might contribute to an extreme weather event — found that climate change made those events more likely.
“Again we are seeing how those least responsible for climate change are bearing the brunt of the impacts,” WWA’s Friederik Otto, from the Grantham Institute for Climate Change and the Environment at Imperial College London, said on Tuesday, Referring to the first storm in southern Africa.
“Rich countries should honor their commitments and increase much-needed funding for adaptation, and compensate victims of climate change-induced extreme events with damages and damages payments,” he said.
Extreme weather events in southern Africa come as tensions rise between some developed and developing countries over who should pay for the damages and effects of the climate crisis. It is expected to be a major sticking point at the next international climate dialogue, the COP27 conference in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, in November.
Scientists warn that the world should try to keep global warming at 1.5 degrees Celsius above the temperature before industrialization, some 200 years ago, to prevent some of the irreversible effects of climate change. Earth is already about 1.2 degrees hotter.
In southeast Africa, a warming of 2˚C is projected to increase the frequency and intensity of heavy rains and floods and increase the intensity of strong tropical cyclones, which are associated with heavy rainfall.