The nation is mourning, says Ramaphosa as flood death toll tops 60

Residents of KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape are picking up the pieces after floods devastated some areas.

DURBAN - President Cyril Ramaphosa says the nation is in mourning as the death toll of devastating floods have left more than 60 people dead and forced more than a thousand people from their homes.

All spheres of government have been mobilised to assist flood-ravaged parts of KwaZulu-Natal and financial and other aid will be provided to those in need.

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Heavy rains have lashed the southeast of the country, tearing down homes and ravaging infrastructure in KwaZulu-Natal and Eastern Cape provinces

Rescuers continued to comb debris, desperately looking for people feared trapped by landslides.

Emergency responders reported collapsed buildings and flooded roads, blocked sewer lines and toppled electricity pylons.

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For safety reasons, schools and some businesses were shut in the affected areas.

Military personnel have been dispatched to help rescue and evacuation efforts.

- Additional reporting AFP