More than 30 killed as flooding strikes Durban, South Africa

Heavy rainfall caused deadly flooding and turned roadways into raging rivers in parts of eastern South Africa Monday night into Tuesday.

Durban was one of the hardest-hit areas with more than 150 mm (6 inches) falling on the city within a 12-hour period. Normal rainfall for the entire month of April is only around 90 mm (3.5 inches).

The Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) stated on Tuesday that at least 32 people had been killed due to flooding and mudslides, according to Independent Online.

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Satellite image showing the storm system that brought deadly flooding to Durban, South Africa on Tuesday, April 23.
The number of deaths may continue to rise as rescue crews work to dig through debris from mudslides and floodwaters continue to surge through the area.

The flooding resulted in damaged homes, collapsed walls and mudslides across the Durban area.

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More than 2,000 emergency calls have been placed since Monday night and numerous power outages have been reported.

The combination of flooding and rough seas has also caused extensive beach damage.

While some additional light rainfall is possible into Tuesday night, flooding downpours are no longer expected for Durban.

A local shower or thunderstorm is possible on Wednesday and Thursday; however, much of the time is expected to be dry both days.

Further dry weather is expected from Friday into Saturday with plenty of sunshine each day.

There will be a renewed chance for rainfall across the area on Sunday.