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Floods and cyclones rage through Southern Africa

by Selwyn Bergman
on 26 Mar 2008
Oceanography SA
Oceanography SA

The United Nations has stated that nearly one-million people have been adversely affected by floods, cyclones and heavy rains in the Southern African region since October last year.

Locally, sections of Durban has suffered serious damage to infrastructure after heavy rains fell on 10 March 2008. An official at the Weather Bureau in Durban stated that 166.8mm of rain was recorded over a two hour interval. The heavy rains caused the N2 Freeway as well as two of South Africa's biggest oil refineries to be shut down.

According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs heavy rains are still expected and problems could persist until the end of April.

Further Reading:
*Floods, cyclones, devastate southern Africa: UN
*Disaster in Durban after heavy rains
*Storm knocks out refineries
*Durban calculates rain damage


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