Market Desk (online): South Africa’s government has declared state disaster in the east of country which was hit by severe flooding over the past week, leaving nearly 400 people dead and causing major damage to homes and businesses.
Most of the destruction has been in the Durban, the country’s third most populous city.
President Cyril Ramaphosa claims the disaster “is part of climate change” but some locals have blamed poor infrastructure for the scale of the flooding.
The government has blamed climate change for the floods, but locals have blamed infrastructural shortcomings for the catastrophic floods.
The South African government has declared a state of emergency in the eastern part of the country following last week’s flash floods. As of Saturday, 400 people had been killed and homes and businesses had been severely damaged.
However, the country is still debating the extent to which the floods in Durban are responsible for climate change as well as the infrastructural situation.
According to a research report released earlier this year on storms in South Africa, global warming has caused widespread rainfall in the region. However, the impact of climate change on rainfall has not been accurately determined.
Residents blame Durban’s fragile infrastructure, citing a lack of improved drainage and poor road and housing construction.
Authorities are working to address the challenges posed by climate change, said Gina Giervogel, a climate change adaptation expert at the University of Cape Town. But this requires more resources.