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Cyril vows to help victims of deadly floods

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President Cyril Ramaphosa pledged on Wednesday to help flood victims after heavy rains killed at least 45 people, displaced dozens, swept away roads and disrupted shipping in Durban.

President Cyril Ramaphosa. File picture

PRESIDENT Cyril Ramaphosa pledged yesterday to help flood victims after heavy rains killed at least 45 people, displaced dozens, swept away roads and disrupted shipping in one of Africa’s busiest ports.

Ramaphosa spoke while visiting families who had lost loved ones in Pinetown, KwaZulu-Natal, including a family with four children, after floods and mudslides ravaged homes on Tuesday.

“You’re not alone . . . we’ll do everything in our power to see how we can help,” Ramaphosa said. “Even though your hearts are in pain, we’re here for you.”

Mozambique has suffered a series of devastating floods over the past decade, including one last month that killed more than 50 people and injured 80.

“You’re battling one of the biggest incidents we’ve seen and we thought this only happens in other countries like Mozambique or Zimbabwe,” Ramaphosa said.

A report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in February warned that humanity was far from ready even for the climate change that is already baked into the system by decades of fossil fuel-burning and deforestation. It urged the world to ramp up investments in adaptation.

Pulp and paper maker Sappi said yesterday its staff were unable to travel to work due to the flooding and that the transport of goods had been disrupted, impacting three mills.

Transnet, which runs the port of Durban, gradually resumed operations there yesterday after suspending them on Tuesday, the public enterprises ministry said.

– REUTERS

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