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More than 50 dead in South Africa after heavy rains

Rescue workers were digging through collapsed homes and other buildings in coastal areas of KwaZulu-Natal province

More than 50 people have been killed in southern and eastern parts of South Africa after heavy rains caused flooding and mudslides, authorities said.

Rescue workers were digging through collapsed homes and other buildings in coastal areas of KwaZulu-Natal province, where the death toll stood at 51, local officials said.

President Cyril Ramaphosa was visiting the affected region on Wednesday

“This situation calls on all of us to pull together as a country to reach out to affected communities,” he said in a statement. 

Ramaphosa praised the rescue services on Twitter for the “rapid response” and said the floods and mudslides have displaced more than 1,000 people.

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