Disastrous floods in South Africa

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Published on 29 April 2022

On 13 April 2022, disastrous floods hit the province of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa as a result of an intense storm. The area most heavily affected is the city of Durban and its surroundings, where the flash and river flooding led to widespread infrastructure destruction, including bridges and water treatment facilities, and has completely destroyed over 12,000 houses. The number of casualties reported to this day is 448, and 40,000 people have been displaced. Due to the severity of the floods, on 18 April, the President of South Africa declared a national state of disaster.

One of the damaged areas is visible in these images, acquired by the Copernicus Sentinel-2 satellites on 29 March and 28 April 2022. The Mlazi Canal flowing south of Durban has been heavily affected, causing a landslide.

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