Death toll from South Africa floods close to 400

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JOHANNESBURG, April 15 (Reuters) – The death toll from days of flooding on South Africa’s east coast rose to 395 on Friday, up from an earlier estimate of 341.

This week’s floods in Kwazulu-Natal Province have knocked out power lines, shut down water services, disrupted operations at one of Africa’s busiest ports and strewn highways and beaches with debris, affecting more than 40,000 people.

Hundreds of shipping containers washed away by recent flood waters near Durban, South Africa. Key roads in the area have been damaged and mudslides destroyed houses. The South African National Defense Force have been called in to assist as President Cyril Ramaphosa visited the area on 13 April. EPA-EFE/STR

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