Destructive floods hit Eastern Cape, South Africa

Torrential rains that hit the Eastern Cape of South Africa on Jan. 8 and 9, 2022, killed several people and displaced dozens.

The floods affected areas of Mthatha, the municipality of Buffalo, the township of Mdantsane and areas of East London, killing at least seven people, including a 53-year-old search-and-rescue police officer who died rescuing people swept away by the flood.

Dozens of residents, mostly in the township of Mdantsan, have been displaced from their homes, and roads in some areas are completely flooded.

Heavy rains continue to move across the country, and the South African Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for the Northern and Western Cape provinces.

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