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At least 450 people were killed in South Africa’s floods. Climate change doubled the risk

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Climate change nearly doubled the likelihood of the devastating and deadly South African flooding last month, according to rapid analysis from an international team of scientists.

At least 450 people were killed when subtropical storm Issa swept across KwaZulu-Natal province, including the city of Durban, on Easter weekend. Parts of the region were deluged with nearly 14 inches of rain in 48 hours, around half the annual rainfall.

The heavy downpours caused major flash flooding and mudslides, killing dozens of people living in hillside shanty towns. Around 6,000 homes were damaged along with critical infrastructure like highways and hydroelectric dams. Shipping containers from the Port of Durban, the largest terminal on the continent, were swept into jumbled heaps.

The heavy downpours caused major flash flooding and mudslides, killing dozens of people living in hillside shanty towns. Around 6,000 homes were damaged along with critical infrastructure like highways and hydroelectric dams. Shipping containers from the Port of Durban, the largest terminal on the continent, were swept into jumbled heaps. Continue Reading

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