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Mudslides, floods hit South Africa, 33 killed, 10 children missing

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The death toll from floods and mudslides that crushed homes in the South African port of Durban yesterday has risen to 33, with reports of children missing and scores of people displaced, authorities said.

“Heavy rains have since claimed 33 lives so far,” Nomusa Dube-Ncube, a KwaZulu-Natal provincial minister said in a statement.

She said that around 10 children are missing in Durban.

10 children missing in Durban, 42 have been injured: Dube-Ncube 

Among those killed were a six-month-old baby and a child aged around 10.

Dube-Ncube confirmed that 10 children are missing in Durban and 42 people have been injured.

An AFP photographer saw two of the nine bodies, including that of a small child, being pulled out of a house belonging to a school caretaker in Westcliff, a working-class suburb on outskirts of Durban.

Wall collapsed on victims while they were sleeping 

At least 145 have been displaced, the government said.

Heavy rains have lashed South Africa in recent days, with the southern and eastern parts of the country badly hit since the start of Easter weekend.

“Last night weather conditions worsened significantly,” Dube-Ncube said.

Government said dozens of incidents of collapsed walls and flooded homes were reported throughout the night, as roads were also flooded.

People either crushed to death by mudslides or drowned: Official 

Sewer lines were blocked and electricity pylons had toppled over in that area.

South African military personnel have been dispatched to help rescue and evacuation efforts. Government, political and religious groups were yesterday handing out food parcels to the victims.

The SA Weather Services warned that more heavy rain and gale force winds were expected until today, which could threaten low-lying bridges and roads.

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