South African President Cyril Ramaphosa pledged to assist victims of the devastating east coast floods, which washed out roads and disrupted shipping in one of Africa’s busiest ports.
Cyril Ramaphosa paid visits to families who had lost loved ones in KwaZulu-Natal province on Tuesday, including a family with four children, after floods and mudslides wrecked their houses.
Africa’s southeastern coast is on the front lines of seaborne weather systems that experts say are becoming nastier as a result of global warming – and that will get substantially worse in the coming decades.
“You’re not by yourself… We’ll do all we can to see how we can assist “According to Ramaphosa. “Even though your hearts are breaking, we are here for you.”
According to Nonala Ndlovu, chief director of the Department of Cooperative Governance for KwaZulu-Natal, the police estimate victim of the death toll is 259.
Mozambique, South Africa’s northern neighbor, has had a succession of deadly floods in the previous decade, including one last month that killed more than 50 people.
“You’re dealing with one of the largest disasters we’ve seen, and we thought this only happened in places like Mozambique or Zimbabwe,” Ramaphosa addressed the victims.
In February, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climatic Change (IPCC) issued a report warning that mankind was still far from prepared for the climate change that had already been baked into the system by decades of fossil fuel use and deforestation. It advised the globe to increase adaptation investments.
“None of this is shocking, but it is terrible. Can you image the cost in human lives? The highways, the ports… It’s enormous “Melissa Melissa Fourie, executive director of the Centre for Environmental Rights and a commissioner on Ramaphosa’s Presidential Climate Commission, told Shauntv.
“In South Africa, we’re still talking about transitioning away from fossil fuels as if it’s voluntary,” she adds. “We must come to a halt (burning them). And we must begin planning for the already-existing climate change.”