February 25, 1994 |
Hundreds of rescuers used dogs and sonar equipment to search Thursday for up to 64 people missing after a wave of poisonous sludge from a burst South African gold mine dam engulfed their homes. Police Col. Joe Malherbe said the bodies of 13 people had been recovered. The number of missing stood at 88 early Thursday but was later dropped to 64. The figure changed as people feared buried alive reported to police or rescuers during the day that they were not caught in the path of the killer wave.
October 4, 1987
South African officials put the death toll from floods in Natal province at 174, with another 86 persons missing. Hospitals in Durban, on the country's waterlogged east coast, limited surgery to emergencies, and some tourist hotels put private bathrooms off-limits to preserve dwindling fresh-water supplies. Social workers estimated that more than half a million black and Asian squatters had their shelters in illegal settlements on Durban's fringes.
October 7, 1987 |
Health Minister Willem van Niekerk said Tuesday that 228 people have been confirmed dead and 132 are missing because of last week's floods in Natal province.
March 17, 2000 |
Last month's floods across southern Africa struck a heavy blow here in the region's premier wildlife sanctuary, but park officials say the flora and fauna are all the better for it. Most of Kruger National Park, a reserve the size of Israel that hugs the border with Mozambique, was deluged. Bridges were knocked out, campsites swept away and safari lodges overrun. The high-water mark on the restaurant wall at Skukuza Rest Camp, one of the worst-hit areas, drips 6 feet above the soggy floor.
September 9, 2007 |
The two men stared at each other for a long moment, captor and captive: a white game farmer named Andre Nienaber, with mirrored sunglasses, neatly pressed khaki clothes and an aura of military precision; and a 16-year-old Zimbabwean orphan named Peter Jell, wearing a cap marked "Jesus" and the desperate look of someone who knew he was headed back to the country he had risked his life to escape.
October 2, 1987
Devastating floods in South Africa's Natal province have killed 145 people, left 76 missing and damaged up to 50,000 homes, Dr. Willie Van Niekirk, minister of health, said. "I have no doubt this is the biggest natural disaster this country has ever encountered," he added as a five-day deluge abated, at least temporarily. At least 20,000 Zulu villagers are reported homeless, and water rationing is expected to be imposed in Durban. President Pieter W.