December 27, 1995 |
In one of the country's worst floods, at least 130 people drowned and up to 1,000 were reported homeless after a rain-swollen river raged through crowded Zulu townships and squatter camps near Pietermaritzburg, officials said Tuesday. Military and police rescue teams helped search for survivors and recovered bodies Tuesday afternoon in the Edendale Valley, a cluster of slum communities in KwaZulu-Natal province, about 240 miles southeast of Johannesburg.
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.
February 23, 1988
Flash floods roared through central South Africa, killing at least 12 people and leaving hundreds of others homeless. Up to 12 inches of rain soaked parts of Orange Free State province over the weekend, washing out roads, bursting dams and flooding huge stretches of farmland, authorities said. Military helicopters plucked 200 people from houses, trees, cars and areas inaccessible by road, the air force said.
October 10, 1987 |
The official death toll from floods last week in Natal province rose Friday to 269, and South African radio, citing police estimates, said the final toll may exceed 400. At least 154 people were still reported missing and 57,000 people remain homeless in the wake of record flooding that struck the coastal province in southeastern South Africa.
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.
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.