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With the long Easter weekend came a warning from the South African Weather Service, informing citizens that heavy rainfall and storms were expected in south-eastern parts of the country.
| MEDIA RELEASE | Widespread showers and thundershowers over central and south-eastern South Africa, 21-22 April 2019 and caution to the Easter weekend traffic 🌧🛣 pic.twitter.com/gUKJron44U
— SA Weather Service (@SAWeatherServic) April 20, 2019
The rains intensified throughout the course of the weekend, particularly in KwaZulu-Natal, where overflowing rivers caused flooding on Monday evening.
Residents took to Twitter to share images and videos of the destruction, which continued to ravage the province throughout Tuesday.
— East Coast Radio (@ecr9495) April 23, 2019
— PhindiP (@phindilephewa) April 23, 2019
The Umgeni river in full flood this morning, floating trees snapping under the M4 bridge and the Blue Lagoon Swan boat on its way to the shorebreak #durbanfloods #durbanstorm #durbanrain @News24 @ECR_Newswatch @TimesLIVE pic.twitter.com/MAqWTkGMI8
— Mike Frew (@frewbru) April 23, 2019
— Siphamandla Goge (@SiphamandlaGoge) April 23, 2019
The floods destroyed homes, disrupted roads and took the lives of at least 23 people, according to multiple reports.
In an attempt to help those in need, the South African government offered advice in a tweet.
— South African Government (@GovernmentZA) April 23, 2019
The rain is expected to subside by this evening.
Feature image: screenshot, @KMDladla25 via Twitter