Flooding in South Africa’s eastern province of KwaZulu-Natal has killedat least 259 people, officials announced on Wednesday.

The latest figure eclipses the previous number of 59 fatalities reported
by government.

The Provincial Health Chief, Nomagugu Simelane-Zulu, said
Wednesday after hillsides washed away, homes collapsed, and more
people were still feared missing, in what was regarded as the country’s
deadliest floods in over six decades.

The torrential rain has caused homes to collapse and hillsides have been
swept away.

Other homes hung precariously to the hillside, miraculously still intact
after much of the ground underneath them washed away in mudslides.

The storm forced sub-Saharan Africa’s most important port to halt
operations, as the main access road suffered heavy damage.

Shipping containers were tossed about, washed into mountains of metal.
Sections of other roads were washed away, leaving behind gashes in the
earth bigger than large trucks.