Queen Elizabeth has expressed her support for the victims and relatives of flood victims in South Africa. 341 people were killed in KwaZulu-Natal province on the country’s east coast, according to local authorities.
“I am deeply saddened by all the lives lost in the floods in the province of KwaZulu-Natal,” the Queen said in a statement. “My thoughts are with all the victims, their loved ones, their homes and their businesses.”
Part of South Africa was a colony of the United Kingdom during the 19th century. “The UK sympathizes with South Africa and supports you in recovering from these terrible events.”
Meanwhile, KwaZulu-Natal province has been classified as a disaster area. The port city of Durban, where 3.5 million people live, and the surrounding area have been particularly affected. Local authorities reported that nearly 41,000 people were affected by the floods. Heavy rainfall this past weekend damaged homes, roads and bridges, among other things. Shipping was also disrupted at one of Africa’s busiest ports. The extent of the damage is still being assessed.
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