32 confirmed dead in KZN floods

KZN MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Nomusa Dube-Ncube, says authorities have the situation under control.

DURBAN - The number of dead from floods and mudslides that crushed homes in KwaZulu-Natal has risen to 32, authorities said.

Among those killed were a six-month-old baby and a child aged around 10, they added.

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"Last night the weather conditions worsened significantly ... in various parts of the province, claiming at least 23 lives," Nomusa Dube-Ncube, a KwaZulu-Natal provincial minister said.

At least 32 people have been hospitalised.

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It was not known how many people were missing, but search and rescue operations combed the debris for those who might be trapped underneath.

In addition to collapsed buildings and flooded roads, sewer lines were blocked and electricity pylons had toppled over.

Residents in several areas have been ordered to evacuate.