22 Jan '11, 5pm

South Africa flood death toll rises to 70: JOHANNESBURG: The death toll from torrential rain in South Africa has...

South Africa flood death toll rises to 70: JOHANNESBURG: The death toll from torrential rain in South Africa has...

JOHANNESBURG: The death toll from torrential rain in South Africa has risen to 70, with another 8,000 people displaced, an official said on Saturday, as the government stepped up its emergency efforts. "The number of fatalities currently recorded nationally have sadly increased to 70... The number of displaced and affected households reported at 8400," cooperative governance spokesman Vuyelwa Qinga said in a statement. She added that, after consultations with various experts, the government had decided to establish national disaster joint operations to "improve coordination of government interventions and streamline communication in relation to the disasters." Displaced families are currently living in community halls or tents and are receiving food parcels. Co-operative Governance Minister Sicelo Shiceka said the flood damage was estimated at 356 million rands (51 million...

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