Floods and Mudslides Devastate South African Port City

Published April 13th, 2022 - 07:11 GMT

Floods and mudslides occurring April 12, 2022, have devastated the South African port city Durban after days of heavy rainfall. Roads were submerged, homes and structures were swept away and hillsides collapsed as the ground destabilized. South African authorities said at least 45 people have been killed in the natural disaster.

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Floods and Mudslides Devastate South African Port City

Members of the Ethekwini Metro Fire Department search for a person believed to be trapped after a mudslide at a house in Durban collapsed following heavy rains and winds in Durban, on April 12, 2022. At least 45 people have died in floods and mudslides after rainstorms struck the South African port city of Durban and surrounding KwaZulu-Natal province, the authorities said. (Photo by RAJESH JANTILAL / AFP)

Floods and Mudslides Devastate South African Port City

Members of the Ethekwini Metro Fire Department and local residents search for a person believed to be trapped after a mudslide at a house in Durban collapsed following heavy rains and winds in Durban, on April 12, 2022. At least 45 people have died in floods and mudslides after rainstorms struck the South African port city of Durban and surrounding KwaZulu-Natal province, the authorities said. (Photo by RAJESH JANTILAL / AFP)

Floods and Mudslides Devastate South African Port City

A car is seen submerged in water and mud following heavy rains and winds in Durban, on April 12, 2022. At least 45 people have died in floods and mudslides after rainstorms struck the South African port city of Durban and surrounding KwaZulu-Natal province, the authorities. (Photo by RAJESH JANTILAL / AFP)

Floods and Mudslides Devastate South African Port City

Residents of Umlazi township stand over a bridge and watch containers that fell over at a container storage facility following heavy rains and winds in Durban, on April 12, 2022. At least five people have been killed in floods and mudslides across South Africa's port city of Durban following heavy rains in recent days. Days of rains have flooded several areas and shut dozens of roads across the city. (Photo by Phill Magakoe / AFP)

Floods and Mudslides Devastate South African Port City

A general view of the flooded roads leading to the paper and packaging manufacturer Mondi following heavy rains and winds in Durban, on April 12, 2022. At least five people have been killed in floods and mudslides across South Africa's port city of Durban following heavy rains in recent days. Days of rains have flooded several areas and shut dozens of roads across the city. (Photo by Phill Magakoe / AFP)

Floods and Mudslides Devastate South African Port City

An emergency services personnel walks with a man that was evacuated from a flooded workplace near Umlazi township following heavy rains and winds in Durban, on April 12, 2022. At least five people have been killed in floods and mudslides across South Africa's port city of Durban following heavy rains in recent days. Days of rains have flooded several areas and shut dozens of roads across the city. (Photo by Phill Magakoe / AFP)

Floods and Mudslides Devastate South African Port City

A rescue helicopter lands on a street leading to Umlazi township following heavy rains and winds in Durban, on April 12, 2022. At least five people have been killed in floods and mudslides across South Africa's port city of Durban following heavy rains in recent days. Days of rains have flooded several areas and shut dozens of roads across the city. (Photo by Phill Magakoe / AFP)

Floods and Mudslides Devastate South African Port City
Floods and Mudslides Devastate South African Port City
Floods and Mudslides Devastate South African Port City
Floods and Mudslides Devastate South African Port City
Floods and Mudslides Devastate South African Port City
Floods and Mudslides Devastate South African Port City
Floods and Mudslides Devastate South African Port City
Floods and Mudslides Devastate South African Port City
Members of the Ethekwini Metro Fire Department search for a person believed to be trapped after a mudslide at a house in Durban collapsed following heavy rains and winds in Durban, on April 12, 2022. At least 45 people have died in floods and mudslides after rainstorms struck the South African port city of Durban and surrounding KwaZulu-Natal province, the authorities said. (Photo by RAJESH JANTILAL / AFP)
Floods and Mudslides Devastate South African Port City
Members of the Ethekwini Metro Fire Department and local residents search for a person believed to be trapped after a mudslide at a house in Durban collapsed following heavy rains and winds in Durban, on April 12, 2022. At least 45 people have died in floods and mudslides after rainstorms struck the South African port city of Durban and surrounding KwaZulu-Natal province, the authorities said. (Photo by RAJESH JANTILAL / AFP)
Floods and Mudslides Devastate South African Port City
A car is seen submerged in water and mud following heavy rains and winds in Durban, on April 12, 2022. At least 45 people have died in floods and mudslides after rainstorms struck the South African port city of Durban and surrounding KwaZulu-Natal province, the authorities. (Photo by RAJESH JANTILAL / AFP)
Floods and Mudslides Devastate South African Port City
Residents of Umlazi township stand over a bridge and watch containers that fell over at a container storage facility following heavy rains and winds in Durban, on April 12, 2022. At least five people have been killed in floods and mudslides across South Africa's port city of Durban following heavy rains in recent days. Days of rains have flooded several areas and shut dozens of roads across the city. (Photo by Phill Magakoe / AFP)
Floods and Mudslides Devastate South African Port City
A general view of the flooded roads leading to the paper and packaging manufacturer Mondi following heavy rains and winds in Durban, on April 12, 2022. At least five people have been killed in floods and mudslides across South Africa's port city of Durban following heavy rains in recent days. Days of rains have flooded several areas and shut dozens of roads across the city. (Photo by Phill Magakoe / AFP)
Floods and Mudslides Devastate South African Port City
An emergency services personnel walks with a man that was evacuated from a flooded workplace near Umlazi township following heavy rains and winds in Durban, on April 12, 2022. At least five people have been killed in floods and mudslides across South Africa's port city of Durban following heavy rains in recent days. Days of rains have flooded several areas and shut dozens of roads across the city. (Photo by Phill Magakoe / AFP)
Floods and Mudslides Devastate South African Port City
A rescue helicopter lands on a street leading to Umlazi township following heavy rains and winds in Durban, on April 12, 2022. At least five people have been killed in floods and mudslides across South Africa's port city of Durban following heavy rains in recent days. Days of rains have flooded several areas and shut dozens of roads across the city. (Photo by Phill Magakoe / AFP)