SEVERE FLOODING IN KZN FORCES CLOSURE OF SOME SCHOOLS

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    Emergency services have been busy this morning following reports of collapsed houses and flooded schools in areas including Malvern Overport and Chatsworth.

    Several schools in KwaZulu-Natal have been closed due to heavy rain and flooding.

    Emergency services have been busy on Tuesday morning following reports of collapsed houses and flooded schools in areas, including Malvern, Overport and Chatsworth.

    Several roads in the south of the city have also been flooded or blocked after a river burst its banks and flooded a bridge.

    It reported that 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.

    Meanwhile, The South African Air Force has dispatched helicopters to assist with rescue operations at Port St Johns in the Eastern Cape. This as flooding saw the evacuation of hundreds of people to community halls and churches since Monday. Scores of destitute residents, including children, are being fed at the town hall.

    Displaced residents are now seeking shelter in churches and local businesses.

    While in Johannesburg, emergency services spokesperson Robert Mulaudzi says they will remain on high alert as the rainy weather is expected to persist.

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